Ducati sporting director Paolo Ciabatti has piled the pressure on to new hiring Scott Redding, saying he expects the current BSB championship challenger to fight for the WorldSBK title in his maiden season.
Redding has been wheeled in to replace the outgoing Alvaro Bautista in Ducati’s works squad and much is expected of the former MotoGP star.
“Alvaro had a fantastic season with us, especially the beginning, but unfortunately we lost many points halfway through the year but there is still a small chance we can fight for the championship but it won’t be easy. We will do our best,” said Ciabatti.
“For some reasons, he will not continue with us so we evaluated the options. Clearly Scott has been in MotoGP with Pramac Ducati for two years and now in his first season in British Superbike he is doing very well.
He is currently second after a crash but is probably one of the strongest riders, he adapted very well to the Panigale and we think he can be a good team-mate for Chaz Davies.
“We expect him to be a contender for the championship with Chaz. On one side we are happy that Chaz at Laguna found what he had been missing and hopefully at the next rounds he can be fighting for wins.
“Scott has proved that in a difficult championship on unique circuits with no electronics, he can win races and adapt quickly, so we expect him to be on of the guys fighting for the title.”