Shane Byrne continues to establish a healthy lead at the top of the MCE British Superbike Championship standing after claiming his sixth win in eight races at Knockhill.

Forced to play second fiddle to Ryuichi Kiyonari in race one after getting away poorly, Byrne hit back in race two, leading from the front and taking advantage when the Japanese rider - who had just moved in front - made a mistake and lost time.

Resisting his charge to the chequered flag, victory for the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki - combined with a lacklustre day for main rivals Josh Brookes and James Ellison - sees him move 79 points clear in the standings.

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However, that is reduced to 22 points when podium credits, which will determine his advantage at the start of the Title Showdown, is taken into account.

"I threw the first race away at the beginning as I wasn't watching the lights properly meaning everyone had gone so it left me a lot of work to do. I got up to second and pushed hard for a few laps but the gap to Kiyo stayed constant and fair play to him for setting such a hard, fast pace so I decided to bring the bike home for second as it would have been too risky to push any harder.

"Kiyo was the man to beat all weekend as he was so consistent but I made a great start in the second race and although he briefly got by me, he made a mistake the lap after and I just went for it. We've struggled a bit all weekend as I've been chasing a good set-up with the front end so full credit to the team as we changed things again for the second race and, hopefully, that win repays them for all their hard work."