Anvil Hire TAG Kawasaki has announced it will tackle the 2015 MCE British Superbike Championship with a three-strong entry comprising Richard Cooper, Filip Backlund and Shaun Winfield.

After a successful tenure at Supersport level, TAG Racing stepped up to the Superbike ranks in 2014 and showed flashes of strong form, particularly in the hands of Cooper, who scored the team's first podium in the wet at Brands Hatch.

Though Cooper's season was curtailed by a broken arm after a crash at Thruxton, he returns to action for 2015 and will be joined by Backlund, who secures a full BSB berth after an eye-catching stint with FFX Yamaha towards the end of last season, and Winfield, who competed in a handful of races with the team.

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"Coops was so unlucky to get injured, just after we made the step up to the podium, and getting him back on the bike was always a priority for us," said team manager Rob Winfield. "We deliberately didn't rush him back last season and he is looking fit and has been riding over the winter to keep his hand in.

"Filip is a very promising and professional rider. You don't win races in Superstock 1000 without having a lot of talent and he also impressed when he jumped on the Yamaha superbike towards the end of last year. He's already arranged an apartment in Burton-on-Trent to be close to our team workshops and we are looking forward to working with him over the year.

"As a team we are also committed to supporting young British riders. Shaun had some good rides after being thrown into the Superbike last season and we are looking forward to seeing what he can do with a proper testing programme behind him."

Retaining title backing from Anvil Hire, TAG Kawasaki will begin pre-season testing in Jerez in March