PBM British Superbike Championship 2019
Be Wiser Ducati British Superbike Championship Team
Britain’s most successful motorcycle racing team…
PBM is Paul Bird Motorsport, the collective name for Cumbrian businessman Paul Bird’s global motorsport operation which combines motorsport on both two wheels and four.
After a number of years in the World Superbike and MotoGP Championships, the team returned to the British Superbike Championship full time in 2014 and have since added more titles to their unprecedented successes.
Continuing into 2019 as Be Wiser Ducati with ex MotoGP rider Scott Redding and former BSB champion Josh Brookes aboard the brand-new factory backed Ducati Panigale V4, the pair will contest the MSV-organised series, which is universally recognised as the most prestigious domestic series in the world which attracts some of the best teams, bikes and riders in the sport.
In addition, Cumbrian-born Frank Bird will continue his career in single seater car racing where he has excelled in recent seasons contesting the British F4 Championship before moving onto the Formula Renault Eurocup. Frank is rapidly becoming a sought-after property in World Endurance racing with successes in the Middle East in recent years.
Brookes At The Double As Redding Impresses At Oulton
After a disappointing opening round of the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship, the Be Wiser Ducati team bounced back in superb fashion at round two at Oulton Park this Bank Holiday weekend, capped by Aussie Josh Brookes scoring a double victory for the Lake District-based squad and team-mate Scott Redding posting a fourth and fifth place finish.
In recent years, the PBM team has added three BSB titles via Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne, a Rider’s Cup crown thanks to Stuart Easton and a host of NW200 and Macau GP successes courtesy of Glenn Irwin. Had it not been Shakey being ruled out through injury for most of 2018, it could well have been more. For 2019, it’s all change with the ‘Dream Team’ of Grand Prix winner Scott Redding and 2015 BSB champion Josh Brookes lining up on the radical new Be Wiser Ducati Panigale V4 R.
Rising star Frank Bird continues his path to Formula One as he contests the competitive Formula Renault Eurocup for a third season whereby the Cumbrian is expected to switch teams for 2019. Frank will combine his single-seater commitments with the odd outing in Sports Car Endurance racing whilst making his debut in the sport of rallying in the Ford Focus WRC in which dad Paul had so much success.
After delivering two prestigious British Superbike Championships for Ducati in 2016 and 2017 aboard the Panigale R, the focus for 2019 is on the mouth-watering and MotoGP-inspired Ducati V4R.
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