MCE British Superbike series director Stuart Higgs is confident 2015 will be remembered as the best season ever due to the strong depth of talent preparing for the new campaign.

The season begins at Donington Park in April and will see 11 former race winners compete on a packed rider line-up, with 39 race entries already announced and more expected.

Higgs believes Shane Byrne and Ryuichi Kiyonari will recommence their battle for the championship but there could be a number of other contenders who will muscle their way to the front.

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"The easy money could be placed on Byrne and Kiyonari to carry on where they left off taking great chunks out of each other with epic last lap lunges," Higgs said. "However, the winter has seen the emergence of multiple race-winning and title challengers.

"Full factory Yamahas for Josh Brookes and Broc Parkes and everyone is expecting big things from the 2011 title-winning team. The return of the mighty Honda Racing team with a triple line-up of Dan Linfoot, Jason O'Halloran and Jenny Tinmouth. The team won the title with Alex Lowes in 2013 and they won't be coming back simply to make up the numbers."

The series director is also delighted to have seven different bike manufacturers for the upcoming season which he feels will only heighten the competition throughout the grid. It is anticipated to be the most number of manufacturers on one grid in any bike championship in the world with Kawasaki, Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki, BMW, Ducati and MV Agusta all doing battle.

"BMW launch their strongest ever challenge as they join forces with Tyco to field MotoGP rider Michael Laverty and 2014 third place finisher Tommy Bridewell," he added.

"A fully fit James Ellison is sure to be a contender. He must surely have got his bad luck out of the way now, after two chances to fight for the title were curtailed through injury and a determined recovery to return. In his second season with the GBmoto team he has consistency, which means he should be up the front from the start.

"There is huge anticipation for the season ahead, perhaps more than any in recent years," Higgs added. "Best ever? Hell yeah!"

Each team is currently undergoing pre-season testing before an official test session at Donington Park on 26th March ahead of the season opener on the 4-6 April.