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 championship boasts huge television audiences, record crowds and once again visits the best circuits in the UK including Donington Park, Brands Hatch, Oulton Park and Silverstone.
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 in 2018 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.
For 2019, it was 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 joined the team direct from the MotoGP World Championship and proved a massive hit with fans as he sensationally won the title.
Aussie Brookes came within five points of landing the crown himself following a triple victory at the final round but had to settle for runner-up spot as both he and Redding won 21 of the 27 races such was their dominance.
Enjoying his mantra as ‘Bad Boy’, Brookes returned with PBM for his 11th campaign in BSB and despite a condensed season because of the COVID pandemic, added a second title to the once he won in 2015 whereas multiple British Supermoto champion Christian Iddon won his debut race at Snetterton and finished in a career-best third place after the 18-race season.
Both Brookes and Iddon have re-signed for 2021 and will again race under the VisionTrack Ducati banner for a second season in partnership with the multi-award-winning video-telematics provider. Other major partners include Aico, Hager, Yuasa, Lew Electrical Distributors, Fuchs Silkolene, Mac Tools, Frank Bird Poultry and of course, Ducati.
Son of former racer Paul Iddon, Christian trod the usual path of schoolboy motocross for ten years until he left school and started in the relatively new sport of Supermoto (short races on part dirt, part tarmac circuits). He excelled on the British and World stage over the next few years, winning nine championships in the UK whilst graduating from University with a Degree, but injury put paid to the chances he had of landing the world crown on a couple of occasions.
The machinery that the team will again use is the fully factory-supported and updated 2021 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 galvanised their mutual reputation. Redding added another before Brookes claimed the latest crown last autumn meaning the team are shooting for an unprecedented ninth BSB title this season.
The team have a busy spring testing schedule planned in preparation for the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship season which gets underway at Oulton Park on 25/27 June 2021.
BSB Race Calendar
2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship
July 30-August 1
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