Shane Byrne has established himself as the early favourite heading into the 2014 MCE British Superbike Championship after sweeping the board during pre-season testing.

The Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider had already been quickest at Donington Park and during the first day of testing at Snetterton, but an unofficial lap record on the second day consolidated his scintillating pace on the ZX-10R.

Setting a time of 1min 47.955secs, the lap would put him under the current specification Superbike record, set back in 2011.

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It meant he would end the test - which was missed by key rivals Milwaukee Yamaha - by more than six tenths of a second from Jakub Smrz, who continued to show top three pace on the Millsport Ducati despite a spill in S2 than forced him to miss S3.

Similarly impressive once again was Chris Walker on the GBmoto Kawasaki as he ended testing in third position, while Julien Da Costa gave Honda Racing a hint of what it could be missing by going fourth fastest, the Frenchman preparing for a small handful of wild-card outings this year.

John Hopkins completed the top five ahead of his much anticipated BSB return, ahead of Walker's team-mate James Ellison and Kawasaki counterparts Dan Linfoot and Stuart Easton, while Buildbase BMW duo Ryuichi Kiyonari and James Westmoreland were closely matched in ninth and tenth.