The 21-year-old MotoGP rookie got a good start and stalked former World Champion Nicky Hayden for much of the race, before making his move and passing the American.
Losail, Qatar - Scott Redding marked his MotoGP debut and his 100th Grand Prix appearance with an impressive ride to seventh place tonight in Qatar.
Scott Redding (7th): "I am very satisfied, as I was expecting to be able to follow Nicky Hayden for only a few laps and, although he was the target, I wasn’t really expecting to beat him! In the first laps I wanted to take maximum advantage of the soft tyre and I was pretty aggressive with the passes. I got through on Nicky and thought I’d got away from him, but then he came back at me. But I knew I was faster than him, so I waited until two laps from the end before making a move, retaking the place and then holding him off to the finish. Tonight we achieved our goal; to be the first open class Honda home, so I’m pleased with that.”