Paul Bird says he is under no illusions his team will be the 'one to beat' as the 2015 MCE British Superbike Championship gets underway with arguably the most competitive line up of riders yet.

A record-breaking fourth riders' title in 2014 has now established Shane Byrne and PBM as the most successful rider-team partnership in BSB history, a status that will earmark it as the target during the early rounds of the 2015 season.

With a massive grid and a host of interesting combinations, including the new Yamaha R1 bike, Tyco switching to BMW and Honda Racing returning, Bird is excited about what the new season will be bring.

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"Here we go again! Having the most successful team and rider in the history of the series means we are very much the ones to beat but it's not going to be easy.

PBM will enter a trio of bikes for the opening three rounds, with Ian Hutchinson joining Byrne and Stuart Easton on the Kawasaki ZX-10R in in preparation for the Isle of Man TT.

"All three riders are raring to go and will be out to perform at their very best this weekend. I'm expecting Shakey and Stuart to be strong and Hutchy will also do the first three MCE BSB rounds with us to prepare for the TT."