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Hutchinson joins Paul Bird Motorsport for 2015

Eight-time Isle of Man TT winner Ian Hutchinson will ride for PBM in 2015 at the international road races and selected rounds of the MCE British Superbike Championship
Ian Hutchinson has penned a deal with Paul Bird Motorsport for the 2015 international road races plus the first three rounds of the MCE British Superbike Championship.

Hutchinson will compete for the team for the remainder of this season in the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki livery at the final two rounds of the National Superstock 1000 Championship at Silverstone and Brands Hatch plus the Macau Grand Prix in November, when he could ride the team's MotoGP bike at the Guia street circuit.

The 35-year-old endured a tough season this year on the Milwaukee Yamaha on the roads and was dropped by BSB team FFX Yamaha last month after a series of disappointing results.

Hutchinson – who has won eight times at the Isle of Man TT – will contest the North West 200, TT and Ulster Grand Prix for PBM in the Supersport, Superbike and Superstock classes next year and in addition to the first three BSB rounds of 2015, may also have the chance to compete in further races during the season.

Hutchinson – who won at Macau on his return from injury last November – said: “I'm mega happy that Paul has offered me a deal for the remainder of this year and for 2015 also. I've ridden for the team before and we all know each other so to be joining them once again is brilliant.

“I was disappointed that this year didn't work out as I'd hoped, especially with having such high expectations but now I know I've got a real chance of success. The team is proven and hopefully I can get back to winning ways very soon."

Team owner Paul Bird said Hutchinson may be handed the opportunity to ride the PBM MotoGP machine at Macau.

“We are all very excited to have Hutchy joining us and as soon as I knew he was out of a job, I wanted him to ride for us,” he said.

“He's a quality rider and you don't win five TTs in a week by chance. He'll ride our Superstocker for the final two rounds at BSB and then we'll decide what to put him out on at Macau. We might even try him on the MotoGP bike there!

“For 2015, we will have a proper attack on the roads, which will give him his best chance in recent years and we are really serious about winning. We'll do other selected races too as part of our expanded squad for 2015 so there are some exciting times ahead.”

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Bruce Anstey on the YZR500 Yamaha at the Classic TT.
Ian Hutchinson leads Michael Dunlop in the Superbike class at the Ulster Grand Prix.

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