Josh Brookes says he is focusing his attention on getting the better of Shane Byrne having struggled to get on top in their much anticipated title battle in 2014.

Save for his win at Snetterton, Milwaukee Yamaha rider Brookes hasn't beaten Byrne at any other time this season and has already slipped 79 points adrift in the overall standings, even if he remains closer in terms of podium credits.

As such, Brookes is setting Byrne firmly in his sights this weekend at Btrands Hatch as he looks to recover some ground from the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider in preparation for a likely Title Showdown position.

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"I know all of the tracks, but with each one I seem to anticipate the performance of the Yamaha, because different circuits suit different bikes. At Knockhill we weren't miles off but it just didn't work out and although two fourth places were points, we came away with no podium credits, so I left there unsatisfied. That was on my mind, but we want to get to Brands Hatch now and go for a couple of wins.

"It has been good for me to go to Suzuka for the test since Knockhill, although it is a completely different motorcycle and track. It resets your mind and I think I am coming back this weekend sharper and with fresh parameters having done the test and extra riding.

"This weekend I am focused on Shakey and trying to beat him. He is the one at the top of the standings and therefore he is the one we need to finish ahead of on track. My focus is to beat him in both races.

"Kiyo had a strong weekend at Knockhill but that seems to be one of his stronger tracks if you look at past seasons, so we will see what he has at Brands Hatch. I would like to think he can be up there, because as a rider you want to have some good battles on track. My team-mate Tommy (Bridewell) and also James (Ellison) can throw in some good races, but like I say, for me there is only one person I am focused on."