Paul Bird Motorsport

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Paul Bird Motorsport
PBM racing team logo.png
2019 nameBe Wiser Ducati[1]
BasePenrith, Cumbria, England
PrincipalPaul Bird
Rider(s)25 Australia Josh Brookes
45 United Kingdom Scott Redding
MotorcycleDucati Panigale R
TyresPirelli
Riders' ChampionshipsShane Byrne x3
British Superbike 2003
British Superbike 2012
British Superbike 2014
British Superbike 2016
British Superbike 2017

Paul Bird Motorsport are a British motorcycle road racing and rallying organisation. The owner Paul Bird competed as a rally driver and was formerly a competitor in motocross.[2]

Motorcycle racing[edit]

The team competes in the British Superbike Championship, using Ducati machinery for 2016,[1] based on the 1199 Panigale R, a change of manufacturer from Kawasaki. They managed the Kawasaki World Superbike team until 2011,[3] and competed in MotoGP from the 2012 season.[4]

Championship winning team principal Bird acknowledging the spectators' plaudits at Brands Hatch Showdown podium, end of BSB season 2014

PBM competed in the 2014 British Superbike Championship as a two-rider team with Shane Byrne and Stuart Easton on board Kawasakis.[5] 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.[6] The race was won by PBM rider Stuart Easton.

For 2015 Hutchinson competed 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, where he won three TT races and a TT Championship.[7][8][9][10]

On 16 October 2015 Paul Bird Motorsport announced their partnership with Be Wiser Insurance and that the BSB team for 2016 would consist of four-time BSB champion Shane Byrne and Glenn Irwin, riding Ducati Panigale Rs.[11]

Personal life[edit]

In December 2015, Paul Bird received a ban from organised sport competitions until July 2017 administered by UKAD, after failing a standard test for banned substances, undertaken after driving in a car rally event in July 2015.[12][13]

Bird's son Frank will drive in Ford MSA Formula for Fortec Motorsport in 2016, after the 2015 season in Ginetta Junior Championship.[14]

MotoGP[edit]

MotoGP teams[edit]

PBM competed in the 2012 MotoGP season with an ART-Aprilia bike entered to CRT regulations ridden by James Ellison,[4] and with riders Michael Laverty and Broc Parkes in the 2014 MotoGP season before disbanding to concentrate on British Superbikes.[15][16]

Results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Bike Tyres Riders 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Points Pos.
2012 ART GP12 B QAT ESP POR FRA CAT GBR NED GER ITA USA IND CZE SMR ARA JPN MAL AUS VAL 35 11th
United Kingdom James Ellison 18 Ret Ret 11 16 14 14 15 14 Ret 15 15 13 14 14 9 Ret 9
2013 PBM 01 B QAT AME ESP FRA ITA CAT NED GER USA IND CZE GBR SMR ARA MAL AUS JPN VAL 10 12th
Australia Damian Cudlin Ret Ret 21 21 Ret
United Kingdom Michael Laverty 17 16 13 17 17 Ret 22 16 Ret 18 18 19 18
ART GP13 Ret Ret 18 19 17
Colombia Yonny Hernández 14 15 Ret Ret 16 13 19 Ret 15 Ret 16 20 Ret
2014 PBM B QAT AME ARG ESP FRA ITA CAT NED GER IND CZE GBR SMR ARA JPN AUS MAL VAL 18 12th
Australia Broc Parkes 15 Ret 21 17 18 17 16 11 21 15 19 21 18 18 20 Ret 14 20
United Kingdom Michael Laverty 16 16 18 16 16 16 17 21 Ret 14 Ret 17 17 16 18 13 12 19

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b PBM News Retrieved 16 March 2016
  2. ^ "Rallying". Paul Bird Motorsport. pbmuk Limited. Archived from the original on 17 December 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Kawasaki to drop PBM, Sykes for 2012". Crash.net. Crash Media Group. 5 September 2011. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  4. ^ a b Birt, Matthew (23 March 2012). "James Ellison's 2012 MotoGP livery revealed". Motor Cycle News. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Easton and Byrne re-united with Bird for 2014 BSB series". Yahoo! Eurosport. TF1 Group. 7 October 2013. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  6. ^ Stuart Easton wins Macau GP MC News Retrieved 23 April 2015
  7. ^ Hutchinson ready to fight for the TT crown in 2015 Bikesport News, 20 October 2014, Retrieved 23 April 2015
  8. ^ 2015 Supersport TT Race 1 results Retrieved 29 September 2015
  9. ^ 2015 Supersport TT Race 2 results Retrieved 29 September 2015
  10. ^ 2015 Superstock TT race results Retrieved 29 September 2015
  11. ^ "PBM announce Be Wiser, Ducati and Irwin for 2016". Retrieved 24 November 2015.
  12. ^ Bird banned for 2 years after failing doping test Mail Online, 24 December 2015. Retrieved 24 December 2015
  13. ^ Rally Driver Paul Bird Given Two Year Ban for Cocaine and Diuretics UK Anti-Doping, Retrieved 24 December 2015
  14. ^ Frank Bird makes switch to Ford-powered MSA Formula PBM News, 19 Feb 2016. Retrieved 16 March 2016
  15. ^ Birt, Matthew (11 August 2014). "Paul Bird planning BSB super team after quitting MotoGP". Motor Cycle News. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  16. ^ Birt, Matthew (11 December 2014). "Paul Bird MotoGP machinery up for sale". Motor Cycle News. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 17 December 2014.

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