Scott Redding now aiming to stay at Pramac Ducati for MotoGP 2017

British MotoGP rider Scott Redding is aiming to stay with the Pramac Ducati outfit in 2017

Scott Redding now aiming to stay at Pramac Ducati for MotoGP 2017

The 2013 Moto2 runner-up made his MotoGP debut last year with the Marc VDS Honda team, but moved to Ducati's satellite squad this season.

Though Redding outlined his hopes of earning a promotion to the factory team to partner the incoming Jorge Lorenzo, Ducati's decision to retain Andrea Dovizioso has further limited his works options.

He now believes his best bet is to sit tight at Pramac and hope for a proper opportunity to show his ability after various issues affected most of 2016's opening races.

"Now the factories are done, I'm going to try and stay where I am, which is a bit frustrating because I haven't had time to show my potential," Redding said.

"I am 23, I've got maybe two years here and then try again, who knows what could happen in the future."

Redding added that his frustration was not helped by the fact that the early silly season played into the hands of established factory riders.

"To do the contracts so early is a bit unfair and all the top guys keep changing around in the factories so it doesn't give the younger guys the opportunity," he said.

"The youngest rider is Maverick [Vinales] and there was rumours about [Dani] Pedrosa going to Yamaha.

"He's a good rider, don't get me wrong, but they're not giving that younger generation that chance.

"They're always on the back foot, always on the satellite bikes trying to beat the factories. It's not ever going to happen.

"It's annoying me a little bit but it is what it is. When you put someone like Dani on that bike who can get a good result overall in the season, I also understand.

"I'll be in that position one day, I'll say 'OK, they'll let me keep going round'."

PETRUCCI "NEEDED INJURY"

Redding's team-mate Danilo Petrucci missed the first four races of the 2016 season after breaking three metacarpals in his right hand in a pre-season testing crash.

Having now been back for two grands prix, finishing seventh at Le Mans and eighth at Mugello, the Italian said the time on the sidelines made him appreciate his MotoGP career even more.

"I'm happy that I can race and be on the bike again," he said.

"When you lose the most important things in your life because of injury, you understand what are the priorities in your life.

"It's strange to say, but I needed this injury to understand how it was."

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