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Old 12-17-2014, 04:47 AM   #1
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Michael Laverty returns to BSB with Tyco BMW

After two years in MotoGP the Northern Irish rider is back to fight for the BSB title

NORTHERN Ireland's Michael Laverty is set to return to the British Superbike Championship in 2015 with the new Tyco BMW partnership.

Laverty, a former BSB title-contender, has history with TAS Racing after being crowned the British Supersport Champion in 2007 before stepping up to British Superbikes in 2008 in which he qualified for the Showdown in three consecutive seasons.

The 33-year-old then went on to compete in MotoGP for Paul Bird Motorsport for two seasons, but is now returning to fight for the British Superbike title once again.

Laverty said: "I am really excited about being back in the championship with TAS next year. I have spent a few years in the World Championship but I am looking forward to coming back. I think the experience has made me a better rider but I have definitely missed being in a position to fight for wins and podiums.

"The TAS team have a great package with the BMW and we are going to be working hard together so that we can come out of the blocks fast from the start of the season.

"Everyone knows it is a tough championship with the depth of field, but we will be in the best possible position as everyone has seen what the BMW is capable of with Kiyo this year," explained Laverty.

"I can't wait to start testing - we know the BMW is a match for any bike on the grid and I am really looking forward to showing what we can do with it."

Laverty is to become team-mates with Wiltshire rider Tommy Bridewell in 2015 with Tyco BMW both of whom have previously been Showdown contenders.

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