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PBM plans two riders, own chassis for MotoGP 2013
16 June 2012
Paul Bird Motorsport plans to expand to two riders and field its own chassis in MotoGP next season.
Team principal Paul Bird made the announcement during an interview with Dorna's Ian Wheeler during Saturday's qualifying session at Silverstone.
"It's our first year, we're not here to make a fuss this year. Just make the numbers up and get a feel for it," said Bird.
"Then year two, we're up to two riders and we'll have our own chassis ready for next year."
Asked by Wheeler to confirm the plan is two riders and their own chassis for 2013, Bird replied: "It's been accepted now by Carmelo to run two riders and IRTA are very keen. We're looking forward to that."
However the increased presence in MotoGP could come at the expense of the BSB team.
"I'm not sure what will happen to the British team next year. There will be a big push for MotoGP. This is where we want to be. We'll probably shut the British operation down and look to become one of the stronger CRTs in MotoGP."
Bird's team has stepped up to MotoGP this year running James Ellison on Aprilia ART machinery. Bird made clear they would like more support from Aprilia.
PBM previously ran the factory Kawasaki WSBK effort and is battling for this year's BSB championship with Shane Byrne.