Shane 'Shakey' Byrne battled back to deny Alex Lowes a double at Silverstone as the reigning MCE British Superbike champion charged to the top of the standings.

Byrne grabbed a dramatic race two victory in a photo-finish on the line to earn a one-point lead over his Samsung Honda rival ahead of the final Showdown round at Brands Hatch on October 20.

The Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider was forced to ride through the pain barrier after injuring his hip in a big high-side during practice, but showed the form of a true champion as he matched Lowes blow for blow, narrowly losing out in race one before turning the tables in the second encounter.

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"It's been a while since I've won a race and I'm absolutely ecstatic with the results this weekend. In the first race, I saw that Alex and I had opened up a bit of a gap so I just tried to concentrate on him and not worry about anything else," said Byrne.

"I made my move towards the end of the race but I messed up my drive onto the back straight and he was able to get back by me. I tried to turn the tables but we were touching fairings in fifth gear and the last thing either of us wanted was to end in up a heap!

"I had a rest and some physio in between races which helped and although I had a plan, going into the last lap, I wasn't sure what that was going to be," he added.

"Alex wasn't giving me an inch but I managed to square the last corner off a little bit and nipped up the inside although it was obviously closer than I'd have liked."

Byrne is now looking ahead to his home round at Brands as he bids to become the most successful British superbike rider in history by securing a fourth crown.

"The races were always going to be tough this weekend but the crash obviously made them even tougher and whilst it wasn't comfortable out there I had to keep going for the entire race distance," he said.

"We haven't come this far in the championship to give up at the last hurdle."