THE bright lights of MotoGP racing could be a step closer for Scott Redding after his impressive start to the Moto2 Grand Prix season.
The 20-year-old Moto2 World Championship leader is being tipped to seal a factory ride for next season's elite class by his team boss and personal manager Michael Bartholemy.
Explaining that Redding already had "one firm offer" to race in the elite class next term, Bartholemy also backed Redding as one of the brightest talents in the sport.
He compared the former Severn Vale School pupil to Spanish MotoGP rider Marc Marquez and backed Redding to seal his dream move to MotoGP sooner rather than later.
Another offer is expected to roll in later this week with it looking increasingly likely that Marc VDS rider Redding will step up to race Valentino Rossi and company next term.
"For me at this age level, the biggest talents are Marc Marquez and Scott," said Bartholemy, the team principal for Marc VDS.
"The difference is that in Moto2 Scott, because of his weight and height, always had to ride so much harder to make it happen.
"I'm sure that Scott is at a similar level to Marc Marquez, though, their styles are very similar and the future will be this style of riding the bike."
Admitting that Italian giants Ducati have a "big eye on Scott", Bartholemy also revealed that a move to ride for them in MotoGP were yet to begin in earnest.
The Marc VDS team themselves are considering stepping up to MotoGP next term, but whether they would be able to keep hold of their young star is in doubt.
Bartholemy said that securing a factory ride with one of the big MotoGP teams was crucial in securing Redding's long-term future in the sport.
"I think that Scott would be pleased to go to Ducati and Ducati would be pleased to know he was coming," he said,
"But at the moment we are speaking to all three manufacturers and we will select the best package at the end.
"I know what I would prefer for Scott in an ideal world, but at the moment I need to keep this to myself. The priority is to get a a factory bike.
"If they said you can have Rossi's Yamaha or Pedrosa's Honda, that would be perfect.
"Or on the other side, if Ducati said you can have a long term contract and these are the improvements we are making that would also need looking at."
Redding currently leads the Moto2 GP world championship standings by 30 points after seven of the 18 races so far this season.