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Paul Bird (PBM MotoGP) - Q&A

"Hopefully Aprilia will step up to the plate. If it doesn't happen then I'll just walk away. It's great being part of MotoGP but I don't enjoy running at the back" - Paul Bird.
An exclusive interview with PBM team boss Paul Bird conducted at the Valencia MotoGP...

Crash.net
What have you thought of the year?

Paul Bird:
It's been a bit disappointing results-wise, but building our own bike was something that we wanted to do but we haven't had the time to develop the bike because of time restraints - being a small team with a small budget meant that we have struggled. We built our own bike, which we're quite proud of, but we're in a situation now where we need to move forward.

In this class the only way to move forward is with support from a manufacturer. Hopefully Aprilia will be able to step up to the plate and make that possible. If it doesn't happen then I'll just walk away. I'm not going to do what we're doing now. It's great being part of MotoGP but I don't enjoy running at the back.

We're competitive and want to move up the standings. To do that we need manufacturer support for equipment which would attract better riders.

Crash.net
How much of the budget comes out of your own pockets?

Paul Bird:
The sponsors that we have here are all our BSB sponsors so it's all backed by me really. It's coming to the stage where we've done it for a years but I won't do it anymore.

Crash.net
Did you see signs of progress this year that you're pleased with?

Paul Bird:
Not really, we've just done nothing because we don't have the time to develop anything. It was difficult with Yonny because he crashed a lot so that put us on the back foot for repairs and parts.

The only way to move forward is with support from a manufacturer and we need that so obviously being the only Aprilia team left they have to help us. But I don't think that they like to have to pay to go racing but I don't enjoy it either!

It's at the stage now where I have to think commercially about what I want to do. Do I want to spend three million pounds on racing next year in MotoGP or should I use that money for my family. I have to think about my family too and I could just have the team back home in Britain and I'd be happy enough with that.

I want to carry on here but I've told Aprilia that they have to help. I don't mind paying some but I won't pay it all so they need to support us properly or I'll walk away.

Crash.net
Is it financial support or technical support that you need from Aprilia?

Paul Bird:
I need everything. Technically I need hardware and material and then staff. If they don't I won't do it.

Crash.net
How have the talks progressed?

Paul Bird:
They gave me a proposal and I gave it back to them. I told them to rethink things, which they have already, but it will need to go to a higher level.




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Crashmaster

November 11, 2013 12:01 AM

for a guy who doesn't commit to his riders, i.e. with contracts he certainly demands commitment from everyone else. I applaud these kind of guys for taking part and willing to self fund, but he needs to start being professional on his approach...



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