Scott Redding will climb to MotoGP next season on a customer Gresini Honda without his well-respected Moto2 crew chief, Pete Benson.
Benson will stay with the Marc VDS team in 2014 despite forging a strong bond with Redding, who is on course to become the first British intermediate-class World Champion since Phil Read in 1971. In fact this could be Benson's second World Championship in seven years, as he tuned Nicky Hayden to the MotoGP title in 2006 at Repsol Honda.
"I'm disappointed that Pete can't come with me, and I would have liked to take some guys with me just to have a familiar feeling because we have a strong relationship," Redding said to British media. "I am sure my crew will all be on a high level, but building up a relationship again is the hard thing for me. Gresini want to go racing to win, and they have worked with some special riders."
The reasons for Benson staying in Moto2 remain cryptic.
"In the talks (with Gresini) we could suggest some people but we have not decided who will be his crew chief next year," said Marc VDS boss Michael Bartholemy, who also serves as Redding's manager. "But it won't be Pete."
A quiet and unassuming man, Benson was the only crewchief Nicky Hayden had when he rode for Honda. For largely unknownbut suspected to be political reasonsBenson left the Repsol team shortly after Andrea Dovizioso's first season in MotoGP, and was scooped up by Marc VDS to work with Redding.