Shane 'Shakey' Byrne celebrated his first MCE British Superbike win since June in style with a stunning last-gasp pass to take victory over Ryuichi Kiyonari at Assen in race two.

It was the perfect response from Byrne, who crashed out of third place in the wet in the opening race, enabling Kiyonari to cut his championship lead to seven points as the Japanese rider clinched a runner-up finish behind Tyco Suzuki's Josh Waters.

A relieved Byrne, who shadowed Kiyonari for most of the race before a perfectly timed move at Assen's famous chicane, said: "I'm over the moon. It has been a long time since I won a race though it was almost cruel to take it like that.

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"I had looked at a way past Kiyo but it was going to be a bit of a gamble as on the last lap we were really close.

"My speed through the previous corner was a bit faster than his, and then I was along the side of his bike. I thought my bike had better stick and grip, or I am going to launch myself over the top to the moon.

"Luckily for me it held and I took the win in that one, making up for the first race when I threw it up the road. I had even decided that third place then was better than a crash."

Byrne, who was celebrating his 58th BBS triumph, now leads Kiyonari by only 12 points ahead of the final two Showdown rounds at Silverstone and Brands Hatch in October as both lock horns for a record fourth title.

The championship has now become a two-horse race after Milwaukee Yamaha's Josh Brookes endured a nightmare weekend, failing to score any points in either race.