Milwaukee Yamaha's Josh Brookes was disappointed to miss out on a podium in race one in the pre-Showdown round of the MCE British Superbike Championship at Donington Park.

Brookes didn't quite find the perfect set-up with the YZF-R1 at the weekend and was unable to challenge key rivals Ryuichi Kiyonari and Shane Byrne, taking fourth in the opening race before battling to third in race two.

The Australian rider remains second in the championship standings but is now only one point ahead of Buildbase BMW's Kiyonari, who closed the gap with a brilliant double at Donington.

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"It has been a hard weekend as it didn't start well and I had a few problems," said Brookes. "The whole weekend I have been trying to find a setting that worked with the gearing and make the corners also work well.

"We didn't really find that sweet spot and it seemed to be a compromise but we didn't give up and we kept working throughout the weekend to make it better.

"I was disappointed in the first race, because at this stage of the season once you are in the Showdown, you only get a reward if you are on the podium with the points."

Brookes began to close in on Kiyonari and Byrne in race two after passing Stuart Easton, but the pair pulled away again on the final two laps and the Yamaha rider - linked with a move to World Superbikes in 2015 - had to settle for the final place on the rostrum.

"Race two was definitely the hardest I have had to ride for one point! I was able to improve my times but in race two and starting from the second row wasn't ideal," said Brookes.

"It took me a long time to get in front of Stuart [Easton]; I knew I had the speed but there was a real strong yo-yo affect of where he was quicker and where I was and it meant I couldn't make a pass for some time.

"That gave Kiyo and Shakey the chance to get away at the front and then I had my work cut out. I did make up some time which was the most satisfying part of the weekend."