BSB championship leader Shane Byrne admits it's now imperative to add to his victory tally as the season heads into the critical showdown phase, starting with Assen this weekend.

Bryne currently enjoys a 26-point lead over Milwaukee Yamaha's Josh Brookes following the equalising of the points ahead of the Title Showdown, the three-time BSB champion looking to clinch a record breaking fourth title.

However, the Rapid Solicitors' Kawasaki rider hasn't won a race since round four at Knockhill in June, even if his metronomic consistency of achieving podiums in almost every race means he has retained a healthy overall advantage

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That statistic hasn't gone unnoticed, but Byrne realises he now must return to winning ways from Assen if he is to turn it around into a title win.

"We have a 26 point advantage but that is nowhere near enough at this point of the season," said Byrne.

"We did the best we could during the Main Season so we were the Showdown, but 26 points in reality is just one ready for mechanical issue or one slip off - a few average results and then both Josh and Kiyo will be snapping at my heels."

Byrne, despite leading the title race, added the focus now is to keep improving the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki machine in order to regain the edge on circuit.

"Our focus is on improving the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki a little bit and for me to try and find whatever it is we need to find to start beating Kiyo.

"He has come on really strong in the last few rounds and in some ways I felt a bit unlucky not to have won a race at Donington Park, but we are there in the wet and the dry so if we can continue that form into the end of the season and hopefully sneak a win or two or six, or the seven races we have left, then that would be fantastic.

"It will be cool to be back at Assen, especially as a few of us got to test there the other week and it was a beautiful day. It was a good chance for us to fire a few things in that we wouldn't have been able to try at an event. We tried some stuff that we can work with and hopefully we can jump back up on the top step there and do some winning again because that is what we come racing for!"