Shane Byrne heads into the Cadwell Park round of the 2011 MCE British Superbike Championship knowing he is well placed to secure a third crown after he booked his place in the 'top six showdown' with victory at Brands Hatch.
Byrne, who has led the overall standings from the second round, was amongst those to miss out on points in the first race after an incorrect tyre choice in slippery conditions, but bounced back in race two to claim his first victory since Thruxton.
A run to third place in the final race of the weekend cemented his position in the title showdown, even if he is now one point behind Tommy Hill in terms of podium credits.
Crediting his HM Plant Honda team for turning things around after a difficult start to the weekend, Byrne was delighted to get back to winning ways around his local circuit.
"If anyone had an idea on how tough it had been for us at the start of this weekend then they would know how much the win meant for myself and the HM Plant Honda team,” he said. “We had drama after drama [on Saturday] and it was just one of those days but we were on the front row for the third race which was the main thing.
“Tommy (Hill) and I had a great battle and it was very similar to the first round we had here at Easter. We both stayed up which was the main thing as we were a bit on the edge at times. I was happy to be back on the podium again in the third race for HM Plant Honda and the team worked so hard to turn things around from Saturday through to Sunday.
“In the final race the bike developed a vibration in the rear towards the end of the race but I desperately wanted another podium finish, but at the same time third was better than a crash. All credit to the HM Plant Honda team for their hard work this weekend and I know we should make some steps forward before the next round at Cadwell Park when the three of us will no doubt be fighting again for those wins.”