Shane 'Shakey' Byrne was gracious in defeat after missing out on the MCE British Superbike title to Alex Lowes as he admitted he gave his all to try and land a record fourth crown.

Byrne had no answer when Lowes came past on the Samsung Honda in race two and went on to finish as the runner-up behind Josh Brookes on the Tyco Suzuki to claim his maiden crown.

The weather played its part at the final Showdown round, with rain throwing a cat amongst the pigeons in the fight for championship honours.

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Byrne said: "It's a shame the final round was affected so much by the difficult conditions otherwise I think it could have been even more exciting but I gave it my all right up until the very end.

"I had no idea I was in second in the last race as I couldn't see anyone ahead but when I saw P2 on my board I knew that position would be enough.

"I just tried to concentrate and stay smooth but I knew Alex would have a go and when he did I had to fight back straightaway otherwise it would be over," he added.

"Sure enough, he came by but we were having so many moments out there I just couldn't get him back.

"I made a mistake and ran wide a couple of times on the last lap but Alex put it on the line and became champion and it's been a pleasure to race with him all year long."

Byrne came so close to lifting the title for the fourth time but in the end it was a bridge too far and the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider admitted it was 'tough' to miss out at his home circuit.

"Obviously, it's disappointing not to have retained the title but it's been one of the most enjoyable seasons of racing I've ever had," he said.

"It's tough to see the title disappear but a few things have happened this year that have made me realise how much I enjoy doing what I do and I can put my hand on my heart and say I gave it my all."