Tommy Bridewell and Michael Laverty are confident of making a step forward on the Tyco BMW during the third British Superbike Championship round at Oulton Park following a positive test there.

The experienced riders have endured a mixed start to the 2015 season, which has seen the Tyco-backed TAS Racing switch from Suzuki to BMW machinery, with Bridewell currently seventh in the standings after four races, while Laverty languishes down in 14th.

However, following an encouraging test at Oulton Park, Bridewell heads back to the Lancashire venue confident he can make further in-roads into a Showdown challenge.

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"I think we made a good leap forward at the Oulton test and it's probably the first weekend this year that I'm really excited coming into a race, as I know we have as good a chance as anyone for a podium result.

"It's obviously a strong grid in BSB and the goal at Oulton will be to bridge that little gap to the front guys. Apart from the stupid crash I had at Brands we weren't that far away from having a pretty good weekend, so I think we can make up for that on Monday on the Tyco BMW."

Former MotoGP rider Laverty, meanwhile, is eager to make strides on the S1000RR having struggled to get comfortable on the bike at Donington Park and Brands Hatch, though admits a podium challenge may have to wait until round four.

"I'm looking forward to Oulton Park and I'm in a positive frame of mind following a good test there last week. We found a better direction with the set up on my Tyco BMW S 1000 RR, allowing me to get more comfortable. It was certainly a big step in the right direction.

"I feel it may be round four before I'm troubling the podium regulars, however I will be pushing 100 per cent this weekend to outperform my own expectations, where the main goal is solid points and progression on the bike set up, whilst keeping an eye firmly on that showdown spot."