Be Wiser Ducati team boss Paul Bird has said Shane Byrne’s latest MCE British Superbike title means more to him than the first one his Paul Bird Motorsport team won with Steve Hislop back in 2002.
Bird’s PBM team now has five British titles to their name with Byrne’s latest victory adding to the three he’d already won the team in 2003, 2012 and 2014 on top of Hislop’s success.
Bird says the challenging switch from Kawasaki to Ducati for 2016 has made this year’s glory all the more enjoyable.
“That means more than the first one we won together, or even the first championship the team won with Steve Hislop to be honest,” he said. “It was a big challenge going back to Ducati and a lot of people doubted what we were doing and there were a few wry smiles earlier this year when we were finding things quite difficult.
“We were with Kawasaki for such a long time so it was a big change to go back to something that was such an unknown quantity so I’m incredibly proud of both Shakey and the team as we’ve made this the best bike on the grid. There’s been few things going on behind the scenes with people protesting so we certainly have a smile on our faces this weekend!”
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