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TT star Hutchinson gets chance to soar with new Bird deal

By Paul Lindsay

Eight-times TT winner Ian Hutchinson has joined the Penrith-based Paul Bird Motorsport Team in a deal which will see him compete for the remainder of 2014 in the team's Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki colours as well as a full season in 2015.

The 35-year-old from Bingley in West Yorkshire, will contest the final two rounds of the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship aboard the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R at Silverstone and Brands Hatch in October before competing at the Macau Grand Prix the month after.

The deal then extends into 2015 which will see a factory-backed effort at all three major road races including the North West 200, Isle of Man TT Races and Ulster Grand Prix with Supersport, Superstock and Superbike machinery.

In addition, Hutchinson will contest the opening three rounds of the 2015 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship.

 “I'm mega happy that Paul has offered me a deal for the remainder of this year and for 2015 also,” said Hutchinson.

“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 but now I know I've got a real chance of success.”

Team Owner Bird is delighted to have Hutchinson on board. “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 explained.

“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.”

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