Illustration for article titled Former MotoGP Team Owner Banned From Motorsport Over Cocaine Use At Rally

A little bit of good ol’ nose candy earned rally driver and motorcycle team owner Paul Bird a ban from motorsport for two years, reports Bird failed a drug test after winning the Nicky Grist Stages rally, testing positive for cocaine and diuretics.

Besides not rallying a Vector W2 like a self-respecting cocaine user, Bird also was suspended from “all sport” by the UK Anti-Doping agency until July 2017.


While Bird will be banned from competing himself, he should be able to stay busy as a team owner.

Per, Bird is the owner of Paul Bird Motorsport, which participated in MotoGP from 2012 to 2014. Prior to that, Bird’s team ran the Kawasaki World Superbikes effort from 2009 to 2011. Bird’s team will run in the British Superbike Championship for its 21st consecutive season in motorsport, according to a press release from Ducati. That team has four prior titles in British Superbikes.


As for Bird—what you put up your nose in your spare time is all you, man. Just please don’t do it before going out on a rally stage. Repeat after me: “I am not Rick James.”

Pictured: Bird’s rally car from 2011 that also wasn’t 80s enough for this offense, via Newspress


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