Peter Hickman confirms he will be staying with the RAF Reserves team for the 2015 MCE British Superbike season, as the team switches from Honda to BMW-powered bikes.

The 27-year-old rider joined the team midway through the 2014 campaign and instantly shone in the series, grabbing a maiden BSB victory at Cadwell Park. The Burton-on-Trent rider also contested his first Isle of Man TT last year and became the fastest newcomer ever.

Hickman says he is already targeting a Showdown spot and feels the switch to BMW power will provide him with a stronger package.

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"I am really happy to stay with the RAF Reserves team for a second consecutive season, to have that consistency is something I haven't really had in the past," Hickman said. "The team are changing manufacturers for this season, I am behind the move to BMW and I am really excited.

"I hope that we can push forward this season; I was able to break into the top 10 on the BMW in 2012, so I am feeling really positive about this move.

"My aim is definitely to be in the Showdown and that is something that should be achievable. I had my first win at Cadwell Park last year so I want to be pushing for podiums again and build on what I achieved last season. I really can't wait to get started."

RAF Reserves team owner Lee Hardy says the change to BMW S1000RR for the new season will benefit the team and hopefully provide progress on his three-year plan.

Hardy joined the BSB paddock last year and feels this season will be incredibly tough due to the huge depth of talent on the grid. With Hickman joining the total number of bikes scheduled to line up on the grid for the season-opener at Donington Park is 38.

"I thought my first season in MCE BSB was a test of team management, but 2015 is certainly going to be a whole new challenge," Hardy said. "The change of machinery has been one decision that has taken a lot of deliberating, but one I feel will take the team forward and help deliver my three-year plan. We are currently in the process of building a 2015 BMW S1000RR and I am working with new manufactures to give Pete the best bike possible.

"A personal goal I have set in my own mind is to make sure we are in the Showdown. Achieving it this year is going to harder than ever - it's a long time since the MCE BSB grid has been so full with such a vast depth of competition."