Paul Bird Motorsport

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Paul Bird Motorsport
2015 name PBM Kawasaki
Base Penrith, Cumbria, England
Principal Paul Bird
Rider(s) Stuart Easton #5
Shane Byrne #67
Ian Hutchinson
Motorcycle Kawasaki ZX-10R
Tyres Pirelli
Riders' Championships Shane Byrne x3
2003
2012
2014

Paul Bird Motorsport is a British motorcycle road racing and rallying organisation. The owner Paul Bird competes as a rally driver and was formerly a competitor in motocross.[1]

The team competes in the British Superbike Championship, and managed the Kawasaki World Superbike team until 2011.[2] They competed in the 2012 MotoGP season with an ART-Aprilia bike entered to CRT regulations ridden by James Ellison.[3]

The team competed with riders Michael Laverty and Broc Parkes in the 2014 MotoGP season before disbanding to concentrate on British Superbikes.[4][5]

They also competed in the 2014 British Superbike Championship as a two-rider team with Shane Byrne and Stuart Easton on board Kawasakis.[6]

Also in 2014 Ian Hutchinson joined Paul Bird Motorsport for a few rounds of Pirelli National Superstock 1000 competition on the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki team, after which he again competed in the Macau road GP on Shane Byrne's superbike, but without his previous year's success, overshooting a corner and retiring after a low-speed fall.[7] The race was won by PBM rider Stuart Easton.

For 2015 Hutchinson will compete in selected BSB rounds and Paul Bird's first foray into racing on closed public roads in UK, involving the North West 200 and the Ulster Grand Prix in Northern Ireland and also in the Isle of Man TT races.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rallying". Paul Bird Motorsport. pbmuk Limited. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  2. ^ "Kawasaki to drop PBM, Sykes for 2012". Crash.net (Crash Media Group). 5 September 2011. Retrieved 25 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Birt, Matthew (23 March 2012). "James Ellison's 2012 MotoGP livery revealed". Motor Cycle News (Bauer Media Group). Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  4. ^ Birt, Matthew (11 August 2014). "Paul Bird planning BSB super team after quitting MotoGP". Motor Cycle News (Bauer Media Group). Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  5. ^ Birt, Matthew (11 December 2014). "Paul Bird MotoGP machinery up for sale". Motor Cycle News (Bauer Media Group). Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Easton and Byrne re-united with Bird for 2014 BSB series". Yahoo! Eurosport (TF1 Group). 7 October 2013. Retrieved 25 December 2014. 
  7. ^ Stuart Easton wins Macau GP MC News Retrieved 23 April 2015
  8. ^ Hutchinson ready to fight for the TT crown in 2015 Bikesport News, 20 October 2014, Retrieved 23 April 2015

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