Paul Bird Motorsport in its many guises has won more British Superbike Championships than any other team but Sunday saw them take their first-ever one-two with Scott Redding beating Josh Brookes to the title by five points.
Racing for the last time under Be Wiser colours, the Penrith-based squad were almost untouchable save for the efforts of Tommy Bridewell and Oxford Racing Ducati team who kept both the title contenders honest at Brands Hatch yesterday.
Brookes won all three races but Redding did just what he had to do to claim the crown at his first attempt - a feat many thought impossible given his lack of track knowledge.
“I’m genuinely lost for words as it’s simply been a faultless weekend. Pole position, three wins, six podiums, another BSB title and our first ever championship one-two, whichever way you look at it, it’s been a brilliant end to what’s been a brilliant season,” said team co-ordinator Johnny Mowatt.
Scott came into the championship as a series rookie with so many new things to learn and encounter, but the outcome speaks for itself.
“He’s a class act and it’s been a privilege to have had him with us and fair play to Paul Bird for getting the deal over the line in the first place.
“Some people said it was a gamble but it’s one that has paid off in spades. He’s given the PBM team another BSB title and we wish him well now for his World Superbike Championship campaign.
“As for Josh, he came here to win three races which is exactly what he’s done and full credit to him for doing just that. It wasn’t quite enough to get him the number one spot, but he’ll be back fighting next year without doubt.
“Finally, I’ve got to pay full credit to the entire team as without them, the boys wouldn’t have had the tools to do the job so a big thank you to each and every one of them.”