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Paul Bird, founder of the PBM team, has passed away at the age of 56

His team won 8 riders' titles in BSB and was successful in the TT. He managed the Kawasakis in World SBK and was in MotoGP in the period of the CRTs

News: Paul Bird, founder of the PBM team, has passed away at the age of 56

Paul Bird passed away today at the age of 56, after a brief hospitalization due to illness. With a brief press release, the PBM team, the team he founded, announced the death of the manager.

Paul Bird spent his life between motorbikes and racing, making his structure one of the best in the British SBK championship. His first success came in 2002 with Steve Hislop, and it then won the championship the following year with Shane Byrne. In total, the PBM team has won 8 riders’ titles in BSB, the last one with Scott Redding in 2019. The team also won the Tourist Trophy with Ian Hutchinson in 2015.

Paul Bird also appeared in international racing competition. From 2009 to 2011 he ran the factory Kawasakis in SBK, before a stash of drugs was found in one of the team's trucks. From 2012 to 2014 the team entered MotoGP in the CRT era. James Ellison, Yonny Hernandez, Michael Laverty, Damian Cudlin and Broc Parkes all raced with the then ART (a modified Aprilia RSV4 SBK).

The condolences of the GPOne editorial staff. Go out to all Paul Bird’s family and loved ones.

 

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