Paul Bird Motorsport
|2020 name||VisionTrack Ducati|
|Base||Penrith, Cumbria, England|
|Motorcycle||Ducati Panigale V4 R|
|Riders' Championships||Shane Byrne x5|
Scott Redding 2019
Josh Brookes 2020
British Superbike 2003
British Superbike 2012
British Superbike 2014
British Superbike 2016
British Superbike 2017
British Superbike 2019
British Superbike 2020
The team competes in the British Superbike Championship, using Ducati machinery from 2016, based on the 1199 Panigale R, a change of manufacturer from Kawasaki. They managed the Kawasaki World Superbike team until 2011, and competed in MotoGP from the 2012 season.
PBM competed in the 2014 British Superbike Championship as a two-rider team with Shane Byrne and Stuart Easton on board Kawasakis. 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. 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.
On 16 October 2015 Paul Bird Motorsport announced a sponsorship arrangement with Be Wiser Insurance and that the 2016 BSB team would be four-time BSB champion Shane Byrne and Glenn Irwin, riding Ducati Panigale Rs. This sponsorship continued until the end of 2019 season. For 2020, the team arranged a new title sponsor by Kent-based Video Telematics business VisionTrack.
In December 2015, Paul Bird received a ban from organised sport competitions until July 2017 administered by UKAD, the UK Anti-Doping agency, after failing a standard test for banned substances. He tested positive for cocaine after driving in a car rally event in July 2015. This was followed by an eight-year ban imposed in 2019 by UKAD, for refusing a drugs-test following a Welsh rally event in April 2018. The ban will run from 11 July 2018 until 2026.
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PBM competed in the 2012 MotoGP season with an ART-Aprilia bike entered to CRT regulations ridden by James Ellison, and with riders Michael Laverty and Broc Parkes in the 2014 MotoGP season before disbanding to concentrate on British Superbikes.
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- VisionTrack Ducati Launched In London Retrieved 22 October 2020
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- "Easton and Byrne re-united with Bird for 2014 BSB series". Yahoo! Eurosport. TF1 Group. 7 October 2013. Retrieved 25 December 2014.
- Stuart Easton wins Macau GP MC News Retrieved 23 April 2015
- Hutchinson ready to fight for the TT crown in 2015 Bikesport News, 20 October 2014, Retrieved 23 April 2015
- 2015 Supersport TT Race 1 results Retrieved 29 September 2015
- 2015 Supersport TT Race 2 results Retrieved 29 September 2015
- 2015 Superstock TT race results Retrieved 29 September 2015
- "PBM announce Be Wiser, Ducati and Irwin for 2016". Retrieved 24 November 2015.
- British Superbike: Paul Bird Motorsport Signs VisionTrack As Title Sponsor roadracingworld.com, 21 December 2019. Retrieved 28 April 2020
- Rally Driver Paul Bird Given Two Year Ban for Cocaine and Diuretics UK Anti-Doping, Retrieved 24 December 2015
- Rally driver Paul Bird handed hefty eight-year ban by Ukad after refusing drugs test The Independent, 30 January 2019. Retrieved 28 April 2020
- Frank Bird makes switch to Ford-powered MSA Formula PBM News, 19 Feb 2016. Retrieved 16 March 2016
- Birt, Matthew (11 August 2014). "Paul Bird planning BSB super team after quitting MotoGP". Motor Cycle News. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
- Birt, Matthew (11 December 2014). "Paul Bird MotoGP machinery up for sale". Motor Cycle News. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 17 December 2014.