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PBM drop MotoGP slots in favour of British Superbike

PBM leaves MotoGP to focus on the BSB Championship
PBM leaves MotoGP to focus on the BSB Championship
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by Hayley McCrystal

PBM set to leave MotoGP to increase British Superbike presence

The Paul Bird Motorsport (PBM) Team have made plans to leave the wonderful world that is MotoGP, but it's not all bad news. Owner Paul Bird has instead chosen to focus his efforts on the British Superbike Championship (BSB).

A key reason for the change, according to MCN, was due to PBM sponsors, such as Rapid Solicitors, preferring to see the team in BSB. He also told German publication, Speedweek, of the problems associated with being a private team competing in the MotoGP - without factory support, the team has found it difficult to stay competitive.

Bird had previously tried to sell his 2014 grid slots last year and was unsuccessful. At the time, rumours suggested that he was asking for ?3 million (approximately £2.4 million) but has since dropped the asking price to closer to ?2 million (approximately £1.6 million). PBM are thought to be auctioning off its two slots through the International Road-Racing Teams Association (IRTA). With Suzuki and Aprilia joining the MotoGP ranks next year, we're sure PBM shouldn't have a problem shifting his slots, especially with the help of IRTA.

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