Shane 'Shakey' Byrne was unable to find an answer to MCE British Superbike title adversary Ryuichi Kiyonari at Donington Park, twice having to settle for second place behind the Buildbase BMW rider.

The Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki star, though, remains in charge as the championship enters the Showdown phase at Assen on September 21 with 526 points, 26 ahead of Milwaukee Yamaha's Josh Brookes in second with Kiyonari a further point behind.

The 37-year-old pressurised Kiyonari in the closing stages of race one as the pair swapped places and launched one final attack at Goddards, running wide on the brakes as Kiyo held a tight line and powered through to take the win.

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Byrne, though, was unable to test Kiyonari in race two as he closed out another runner-up finish following a mistake on the final lap.

"Today's first race was great fun and I really, really enjoyed it. The temperature was hotter than it had been all weekend so I tried to lead and set a good pace, but not one that was too quick so it would damage the tyres for the end of the race," he said.

"When Kiyo came by, I decided to sit on his back wheel and I had a plan to try and beat him, which didn't quite happen. I couldn't be that close to him and not have a go though so I dived up the inside at Goddards on the final lap only to run wide.

"I tried to cut back but was a bit eager on the throttle so had to take second place."

Byrne was out of the seat on the exit of Redgate in race two on the final lap and any chances he had of challenging Kiyonari were ended.

"In the second race, Kiyo set an incredible pace and my plan was to overtake him on the last lap at the Old Hairpin, but I nearly launched myself into orbit coming out of Redgate and that pretty much ended my chances," he said.

"I pushed over the limit to try and close back up to him and whilst I got close it wasn't close enough. It was a bit frustrating not to win this weekend but I've extended my lead in the Podium Points and we go into the Showdown in a strong position, so thank-you to all my team for doing a great job again."