Shane Byrne leads the British Superbike Championship into a radically re-configured Snetterton for round six of the 2011 season this weekend.

The Norfolk circuit underwent a massive redevelopment programme over the winter and Byrne will thus count on set-up data gathered during a one-day pre-season test.

"We had a one day test on the new circuit and since then we have done a lot of work on the bike so we should be a lot better for the races," said HM Plant Honda rider Byrne.

"The circuit is alright, with a good fun mix of fast flowing section and some tight parts.

"The new section is a bit tighter than I had hoped it would be. But, we are going there definitely in a position to try and win races.

"To win for the first time at the new track would mean a lot; I want to win every race but to do it on the new layout would certainly be something to celebrate."

Byrne arrives at Snetterton with a lead of 172-141 over BSB rookie and former MotoGP rider John Hopkins.

The Suzuki rider left Knockhill with a sore shoulder after tipping off his Suzuki, but has also tested at the new '300' layout.

In addition to Hopkins, Byrne is also mindful of the challenge from Swan Yamaha riders Tommy Hill - the first to score a double win this season last time out at Knockhill - and Michael Laverty.

"My results in the previous round - third and second - were a good day's work and there Tommy Hill had the edge, but, that was just one circuit," stated Byrne.

"I expect him to challenge again here together with Michael Laverty, Josh Brookes, John Hopkins and my team-mate.

"I am looking for good strong races, good battles and hopefully coming out at the top."

Team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari meanwhile is under pressure to kick-start his 2011 challenge.

The Japanese holds the final Shootout position, sixth, but is only a handful of points clear of Peter Hickman (Honda) and Jon Kirkham (Suzuki).

The continued absence of Stuart Easton through injury will ease Kiyonari's concerns about maintaining a Shootout position, but the Japanese is determined to provide a winning flurry to rack up major points and with them podium credit scores in his efforts to secure an unprecedented fourth British title.

"I liked Snetterton before, but now I think it will be more of a challenge and more exciting for the fans," said Kiyonari. "I think we will all start the same so it is difficult to know who will be fastest, which is good for the fans, but not so good for me as I want to win.

"We have won before at Snetterton on the old circuit and I want to win again for sure.
The HM Plant Honda has been fast there in the past so we need to push hard and do everything we can to win."