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Anvil Hire TAG Kawasaki confirms three-strong MCE BSB rider line-up

Wednesday, January 14 2015

Anvil Hire TAG Racing will line up with a three-rider squad for the 2015 MCE British Superbike Championship, with Swedish Superbike Champion Filip Backlund joining Richard Cooper and Shaun Winfield on the Kawasaki ZX-10R machinery.

Cooper returns for his fourth season with the team, after his promising debut season in the premier class last year was cut short through injury. The Nottingham-based rider finished on the podium at Brands Hatch, before a badly broken arm forced him onto the sidelines for the remainder of the season.

Backlund joins the team after making his superbike debut in the last four rounds of last season, scoring a best finish of ninth on board Yamaha machinery. Prior to this, the 24-year-old was a front runner in the Superstock class, finishing third in the 2013 standings.

Winfield makes a full-time switch to the top class after competing in Superstock last season. The 21-year-old Swadlincote rider experienced his first season on a 1000cc machine, but frequently filled in for the injured Cooper in MCE BSB.

Shaun Winfield said: "I'm looking forward to doing my first full season on the superbike and hopefully the experience of racing the ZX-10R at some rounds last year, as well as having the chance to test pre-season, should see us build on what we did last year. I am also scheduled to have an operation to cure the arm pump problems which held me back last year, so hopefully I will be able to cope with the long and demanding BSB races."

Team Owner Rob Winfield commented: "We're delighted to welcome Filip to the team and to also have Richard and Shaun back with us for what is just our second year in this class.

"Coops was so unlucky to get injured, just after we made the step up to the podium, and getting him back on the bike was always a priority for us. We deliberately didn't rush him back last season and he is looking fit and has been riding over the winter to keep his hand in.

"Filip is a very promising and professional rider. You don't win races in Superstock 1000 without having a lot of talent and he also impressed when he jumped on the Yamaha superbike towards the end of last year. He's already arranged an apartment in Burton-on-Trent to be close to our team workshops and we are looking forward to working with him over the year.

"As a team we are also committed to supporting young British riders. Shaun had some good rides after being thrown into the superbike last season and we are looking forward to seeing what he can do with a proper testing programme behind him."

The Anvil Hire TAG Racing team will commence a winter testing programme at the Spanish circuit of Jerez in March.