After a number of years in the World Superbike and MotoGP Championships, the team returned to the British Superbike Championship full time in 2014. The MSVR-organised series is the most prestigious domestic series in the world which attracts some of the best teams, bikes and riders in the sport.
The 12-round, 27 race championship for 2019 boasts huge television audiences, record crowds and for 2018, once again visits the world-famous Assen circuit in The Netherlands to bolster its international appeal, as well as the best circuits in the UK including Silverstone, Donington Park and Brands Hatch.
The most successful rider in the series’ history, Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne, won most of his 85 races riding for Paul Bird’s teams over the years with five of his six titles coming on PBM machines. Sadly, Shakey was seriously injured last year meaning he couldn’t add to his impressive tally after riding for PBM for seven successive years.
In 2004, Brookes won the World Supersport round at Philip Island as a wild card before a serious crash ended his year. He returned, however, to win the Australian Superbike and Supersport titles in 2005 on a Honda.
So, for 2019, it’s all change with the audacious signing of four-times Grand Prix winner Scott Redding and double World Supersport race winner and former BSB champ Josh Brookes. Redding joins the team direct from the MotoGP World Championship and is already proving a massive hit with fans. The 26-year-old Brit enjoyed backing form PBM in his very early career and is the most exciting signing in recent BSB history.
Aussie Brookes enjoys his renegade ‘Bad Boy’ reputation with race fans and moves to the PBM team after racing against (and often beaten by) PBM riders over his ten-year BSB career. The 35-year-old dominated his title-winning season in 2015 and is vastly experienced with 39 victories to his credit to make him the fourth most successful rider in BSB history
Both Redding and Brookes will race under the Be Wiser banner continuing the association between the leading insurance brand and Paul Bird’s team. The deal sees a multi-year association with the ten-times British and National champions who have also sampled victories at World Superbike and MotoGP level.
Redding started racing Minimotos in 2001, winning the 2004 FAB-Racing Metrakit 50cc British MiniGP championship and then switching to the 80cc Metrakit "Calypso Cup" in 2005 in Spain where he won all six rounds of the series. In 2006, he tested for the Red Bull sponsored MotoGP academy Cup and was immediately offered a ride but endured a mixed season with only one podium finish at the last round in Jerez.
The machinery that the team will again use is the fully factory-supported Ducati and brand new for 2019 Ducati Panigale V4 R which continues the special relationship with the marque. Steve Hislop and Shane Byrne both claimed British Superbike Championships for the Italian company under the MonsterMob Ducati branding in the early 2000s and with Byrne’s last two BSB titles coming on Ducati machinery, that’s galvanised their mutual reputation. Great things are expected of the new bike and with Redding and Brookes on board, expect plenty of fireworks!
The team have a busy spring testing schedule planned in preparation for the 2019 British Championship season which gets underway at Silverstone on Easter Sunday 21st April 2019. The Be Wiser Ducati Racing Team also hope to make a ‘wild card’ appearance at the British round of the World Superbike Championship on July 5/6/7 (to be confirmed).
BSB Race Calendar
2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship
Donington Park National **
Brands Hatch GP
TT Circuit Assen
Brands Hatch GP
* denotes Bank Holiday Monday main race day
** denotes Triple Header
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