Current World Superbike rider Scott Redding will make history this weekend when he swaps his leathers for lyrca to lead his SRCT Muc-off team in the opening round of the Tour Series in Guisborough (Monday 2 May).

Redding will go from battling with the world’s top motorcycle racers on the WorldSBK grid to fighting with World and Commonwealth champions in Britain’s most tightly contested cycle race series.

A household name in motorcycling for the past decade, the 2019 British Superbike Champion holds a second category licence from British Cycling having competed in the pedal powered discipline since 2001. The Tour Series will be his first national level race in the UK.

Speaking ahead of round one, Scott Redding said: “I’m really looking forward to doing the Tour Series, it’s something I wanted to to do since I started racing a road bike!

“It’s an amazing opportunity to be part of the Tour Series in our first season and with such a great team. we are grateful to all our sponsors for backing us to get here! I am looking forward to seeing everyone there and flying around a town centre!”

The step into the Tour Series will surely hold no fear for the 29-year-old who made his MotoGP debut in the 125cc championship in 2008.

Rookie of the year that season, ahead of legendary Spaniard Marc Marquez, Redding was the youngest rider to win a Grand Prix motorcycle race and went on to have a five-year career in the premier class of MotoGP, recording 90 starts in the process.

Redding is currently racing for the BMW Motorrrad team in World Superbikes. Having taken 12 wins over the past two seasons, including finishing as runner-up in the 2020 championship, he placed fifth last time out in race two at the MOTUL Dutch Round at Assen on 24 April.

Mick Bennett, Tour Series race director, said: “We’ve always been blessed with welcoming great riders – Olympic and world champions, future Tour de France stars among them – to the series but Scott’s participation in 2022 is something new and exciting.

“We’ve seen cyclists like Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny competing in four wheeled motorsport, and MotoGP riders like Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith training with procyclists, but for Scott to be stepping into a completely new arena and pinning on a race number is both exciting and a true test for him.

“Fans of both cycling and WorldSBK will no doubt be keeping a look out to see how he fares, but I know that the SRCT Muc-off will gain plenty of fans as a result of the professionalism Scott has instilled in them.”

Scott Redding in action