Hutchinson signs with PBM

PBM set to make their road racing debut with Hutchy on-board

AFTER it was announced that FFX Yamaha and Ian Hutchinson had parted company, the Bingley rider has now signed a deal with the Paul Bird Motorsport Team.

FFX Yamaha (part of Shaun Muir's Milwaukee Yamaha Team) cut ties with Hutchinson in British Superbikes as well as on the roads after a season of poor results. 42-year-old Michael Rutter will take Hutchinson's place at Milwaukee Yamaha for the Macau Grand Prix this November. 

Paul Bird had spoken numerous times about making a debut to the road racing scene and quickly snapped up Hutchinson to ride a Rapid Solicitors ZX-10R in the last two National Superstock 1000 Championship rounds before heading to Macau. 

Hutchinson explained: "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." 

35-year-old Hutchinson will also race the opening three rounds of the 2015 British Superbike Championship for a Paul Bird team and it look hopeful that this partnership will continue through to at least the three major road races.

Speaking about his new signing Bird, PBM team owner, said: "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'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.

"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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