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 boasts huge television audiences, record crowds and once again visits the world-famous Assen TT 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 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 returns with PBM for an 11th season in BSB and looking to add to his title from 2015 whereas multiple British Supermoto champion Christian Iddon joins the team after an injury-hit past couple of seasons
Both Brookes and Iddon will race under the VisionTrack Ducati banner which heralds a new partnership with the multi-award winning video-telematics provider following four years with insurance giant Be Wiser backing Paul Bird’s team. Other major partners include Yuasa, Hager, Fuchs Silkolene, Mac Tools and Frank Bird Poultry.
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 2020 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. Redding added the latest crown last autumn meaning the team are shooting for a sixth title so expect plenty of fireworks!
The team have a busy spring testing schedule planned in preparation for the 2020 British Championship season which gets underway at Silverstone on Easter Sunday 12th April 2020.
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2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship
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