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December 24th, 2015, 03:08 PM   #1
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Paul Bird in sh*t again - 2 year ban for drugs

Source - Former MotoGP team owner gets two-year rally drug ban


Rally driver and motorcycle racing team owner Paul Bird has received a two-year motorsport ban, having tested positive for cocaine and diuretics after a rally win in July.

Bird, 48, failed a drug test after emerging victorious in the Nicky Grist Stages - the sixth round of the BTRDA Rally Championship.

He has now received a two-year ban from "all sport", issued by the UK Anti-Doping agency, which will see him suspended until July 2017.

UKAD's Graham Arthur said, in a statement: “Every athlete must adhere to the principle of strict liability; they are solely responsible for what is in their system regardless of how it got there.

“This principal can be challenging for athletes but they must ensure they take the appropriate steps to manage the risk at all times.”

Bird's team ran the Kawasaki World Superbikes squad between 2009 and 2011 and subsequently ran in MotoGP in 2012-2014.

His MotoGP squad fielded the likes of Yonny Hernandez, Michael Laverty and James Ellison, the latter securing its record result with a pair of ninth-place finishes in 2012.

The Paul Bird Motorsport squad also has four British Superbike titles to its name, with three courtesy of Shane Byrne and one achieved by the late Steve Hislop.
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Charming, seems to be a recurring theme with PBM
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Didn't one of his lorry drivers get jailed after one of his race transporters was found carrying drugs and guns? Seems like he has his fingers in a few dodgy pies.
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I knew diuretics were a no no for horse jockeys but - knowing nothing about car racing - I had no idea they were an issue.
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Didn't one of his lorry drivers get jailed after one of his race transporters was found carrying drugs and guns? Seems like he has his fingers in a few dodgy pies.
Yup:

https://ultimatemotorcycling.com/201...i-transporter/
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I knew diuretics were a no no for horse jockeys but - knowing nothing about car racing - I had no idea they were an issue.
Diuretics are banned in any sport adhering to a WADA style code.
Mainly due to their utility as a masking agent
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I honestly don't see the problem with performance enhancing drugs in motorsport. If they found an extra cylinder under his hood, ok, but extra coffee in his system? Who cares. I feel same way about Nitro Haga. Thing is, Paul Bird could have had super clean blood while knocking a fellow competitor into the gravel deliberately and nothing would have happened. Not all rules are created equal.
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I honestly don't see the problem with performance enhancing drugs in motorsport. If they found an extra cylinder under his hood, ok, but extra coffee in his system? Who cares. I feel same way about Nitro Haga. Thing is, Paul Bird could have had super clean blood while knocking a fellow competitor into the gravel deliberately and nothing would have happened. Not all rules are created equal.
If it hadn't been for the ephedrine, Colin would have one less world title to his name comps.
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If it hadn't been for the ephedrine, Colin would have one less world title to his name comps.
I'm ok with that.
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I honestly don't see the problem with performance enhancing drugs in motorsport. If they found an extra cylinder under his hood, ok, but extra coffee in his system? Who cares. I feel same way about Nitro Haga. Thing is, Paul Bird could have had super clean blood while knocking a fellow competitor into the gravel deliberately and nothing would have happened. Not all rules are created equal.
How do you feel about Stewart and taking speed?
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