Penrith chicken magnet, Paul Bird and his Paul Bird Motorsport Team can rightly boast to be one of, if not the most successful team in the history of the British Championships, having recorded nine times a British or National Championship.
For 2016, his 21st year in racing, the ‘Birdman’ has opted for the team to reunite with Ducati machinery (having previously won the BSB Title with both Steve Hislop & Shane Byrne riding the Italian Vee Twins under the MonsterMob banner in ’02 & ’03) and races under the colours of title sponsors, Be Wiser Insurance.
Rider wise, the services of Shane Byrne, the four times Champion and most successful rider in BSB history, are retained for the 5th year running. Delighted to be back on a Ducati, ‘Shakey’ is certainly one of the bookies’ favourites to take the BSB Title, and after placing Runner Up in the 2015 Series he surely can have no bigger incentive!
Interestingly, Paul Bird has selected Carrickfergus based Glenn Irwin as his second jockey, who moves up from last years British Motorsport Championship, to fill one of the best seats in the house! “He’s a rider I’ve had my eye on for a while, and is a huge talent”, said the Boss. Non the less, the 25 year old Superbike ‘Rookie’ will be on a steep learning curve whilst still targeting a place in the Showdown. Not an impossible dream as he should get faster and more competitive as the season progresses.