Michael Laverty wasted no time in setting out his stall after the experienced Ulsterman's return to the MCE British Superbike Championship in 2015 with the new Tyco BMW team was confirmed today.

Laverty, who finished in fifth position overall on the Samsung Honda in his last season in BSB in 2012 before the 33-year-old joined Paul Bird's MotoGP team for a two-year spell in the premier class, believes everything is in place to enable him to challenge for the title next season.

He is joined in the team by Tommy Bridewell and both will benefit from direct technical support from BMW Motorrad in Germany after the Northern Ireland outfit was confirmed as the manufacturer's official British Superbike and international roads team.

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Laverty, who previously clinched the British Supersport title for TAS Racing in 2007 and competed for the team in BSB in 2008 and 2010, said: "I'm delighted to be back in the TAS Racing fold for 2015; this time with a new manufacturer in BMW behind us - it's a very exciting time for both myself and the team.

"We are both new to the BMW S1000-RR but it is a bike built for the race track and I believe we have all the ingredients required to deliver the BSB title.

"I'm very motivated about my move back to BSB. I've spent the last two seasons in MotoGP and feel I'm a much stronger rider thanks to that experience, both on the riding and the technical side," Laverty added.

"I've really missed not being on a machine capable of delivering wins and podiums, so I'm already daydreaming about the battles ahead with Shakey and Co. next season."