Following on from their announcement last month regarding the team contesting the 2008 World Superbike Championship, Paul Bird Motorsport have confirmed that they will field a single ride on board factory-supported Honda machinery in the fifteen round series.

2005 British Superbike Champion, Gregorio Lavilla is the rider who has been entrusted to ride for the Cumbrian businessman and the Spaniard will return to the World Championship full time after a four year break.

Bird has secured the necessary backing from his sponsors, although it has yet to be decided as to what branding Lavilla's bikes will run when the opening round gets underway in Qatar on February 23rd and an announcement will follow in due course.

Paul Bird:

"It's back to our tried and tested formula of a one rider team and that's where we've had most of our successes in the past. The team will be geared around Greg and he'll get everything he needs to make sure we have the best chance possible. It's a new venture for us but it's one that the whole team is very excited about and we aim to start testing very soon in readiness for the opening round in Qatar."

Gregorio Lavilla:

"It has always been my aim to get back into the World Superbike Championship on a competitive bike and I'm very grateful to Paul Bird and his team for this opportunity. I have enjoyed my time in BSB very much and I'm sad to be leaving as I have made many good friends and it has been a good time for my career. I'd like to say thank you to my fans and not only do I have a home race in Spain next season, but I have two more 'home' races in England and I'm very much looking forward to it."

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