MotoGP » Bird putting PBM’s MotoGP future in place

“When people like Jeremy Burgess come up to you and say you have a lovely motorbike, you're not doing a bad job are you?” - Paul Bird.

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June 21, 2013 5:14 PM

I'd love to see a one-off test with the Aprilia powered CRT bikes given WSBK spec engines, just to see what kind of a difference another 25bhp would make.

You'd think that with the chassis built around the V4 Aprilia they'd rather keep that than the inline Yamaha engine but if Ducati did lease their motor it would be interesting...


June 21, 2013 5:38 PM

grateful he has joined motogp but i don't really appreciate his attitude to his riders , he wants to keep laverty and no mention of yonny who is beating laverty and in my belief is a better rider , the pressure he piled on ellison and then threw him away was very disrespectful despite ellisons great rides on the untested machine that bird would not believe it had problems.


June 21, 2013 6:18 PM

I remember watching BSB earlier this year, and when they were talking to Ellison he mentioned how he found out he'd been replaced at PBM when he watched an interview with Paul Bird. Bird didn't even have the courtesy to tell him himself or even get a member of the team to do it.


June 22, 2013 12:39 AM

Ducati would be the most intersting choice for PBM I doubt Yam will realease factory spec updates with its lease engines and hondas proddy bike would a major overhaul to compete with the top bikes. However Ducati would have nothing to lose of they leased sealed engines and retained their proprietary tech having more prototype chassis could be a long shot but who PBM could hit the nail on the head with the chassis or another chassis manufactirer


June 22, 2013 1:29 AM

Yeah, Ellison deserved another year. I am not sure Yonny is any better than Michael though, one is on a new CRT and the other is on a proven CRT, pretty big diff. I think If Michael was on an Aprilia he could get points almost regularly if not almost every race. Hopefully that team is looking at both bikes in order to improve the PBM bike. I wish GPs would allow WSBK spec bikes in to the series, I think you would see something quite interesting with both GP and WSBK on the same rubber, that would be something good for the show and the fans, not this manipulated Bridgestone crap, made to synthesize idol worship.


June 22, 2013 4:40 AM

PBM's been putting all the eggs in one basket and that is the in-house built machine, while neglecting the Aprilia and ignoring Yonny's request to fix that tire eating rear(the same issue Ellison had of the team not listening to his request and pretty much made him ride around those the entire year) While the PBM bike is making progress every GP, the Aprilia limps around close to the lasts places. I've been watching closely the lap times of Both Yonny and Michael and Yonny is considerably faster during the first part of the race just to lose 3-4 SEC a lap during the later stages. That Paul Bird guy is a disrespectful PUNK, egocentric and a ****, way to kick your rider while his down, during the post Montmelo interview, Hernandez sounded so discouraged and down even after his best result of the season.


June 22, 2013 10:03 AM
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Whilst I am not a fan of Paul Birds personality, give him the credit he deserves, he has put a lot of money into racing (granted getting a huge grant from Dorna). He has helped a lot of riders over the years including the Moto2 leader (during his Metrakit year) and Mr PCXMAC's Pirelli synthesized idol Sykes who would not be in the factory Kawasaki team if Bird would not have paid out of his own pocket in 2011.
And Pcxmac get over this tyre thing, a WSB bike has tested on the Bridgestones in 2011 failed miserably, then came back with massive bracing covered in duck tape then elected for a strengthened 250 chassis.

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