Penrith chicken magnate Paul Bird will bid farewell to the MotoGP paddock at this weekend’s Valencia round after two years of campaigning his own bike against all odds.
The PBM team will turn its attentions to possibly a four-man MCE British Superbike squad in 2015 while the 18th and final round will see Ulsterman Michael Laverty and Australian team-mate Broc Parkes attempting to add to their successes this season, which included the British team's best ever result in 2014 when Laverty finished 12th and Parkes in 14th last time out in Sepang.
Both former British Supersport Champion Laverty, on the Rapid Solicitors and Silkolene-backed Aprilia ART-powered PBM, and twice runner-up in the World Supersport Championship Parkes, aboard the Rapid Solicitors and Silkolene-backed PBM, are level on points in the championship standings, so both will be looking for a good result to end the team's latest chapter.
"When we started this project, people said we were mad to try to build our own MotoGP bike but I'm proud to say we did it and what's more, it's capable of lapping within a couple of seconds a lap of the likes of Marc Marquez with all his talent and Honda's limitless budget,” said Bird.
“Over three seasons, our bikes have rarely broken down and to finish 75% of the races we have started is an incredible achievement, and almost half of the DNFs have been crashes. The team has done a wonderful job which has been very difficult at times, led by Phil Borley. The Doc has been with us for 14 years now and was instrumental in achieving our dream so I'd like to pay special tribute to him at this time.
“Who knows what we might do in future but I'd like to say thanks to Dorna and IRTA for their help over the past three years and it just goes to show what you can do if you really want to achieve something."