Rob McElnea is confident his expanded three-strong line-up is capable of challenging for this year's British Superbike Championship as the team enters the new season having never 'had so much to look forward to'.

The team is tipped to shine in 2009 having acquired the services of Chris Walker, Michael Rutter and Graeme Gowland, as well as major new sponsors and, what McElnea describes as, the 'amazing Yamaha R1.

Furthermore, the team has put in an extensive programme of testing during the winter, while the decision to conduct their running separate from their rivals ensures means they are expected to spring a surprise at Brands Hatch.

Indeed, McElnea insists the Rob Mac Racing team is in a good position to fight it out at the front in 2009.

"I have probably set myself up for a year of peacemaking! We have never had so much to look forward to, the fantastic new young gun's we have managed to get together as well as landing riders with the experience of Michael and Chris is a breath of fresh air for my team, and along with that we have the amazing new Yamaha R1!

"We have worked hard for many years to get to this position and a really hope the final bit of luck needed comes our way."

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