Ryuichi Kiyonari admits he is beginning to feel the pressure of the 2014 MCE British Superbike Championship battle, even if he remains certain it will only benefit his title quest.

Having moved well into title contention courtesy of the Title Showdown's points' equalising format, a pair of second place finishes in the first of three shootout rounds at Assen means Kiyonari is placed just 12 points behind Shane Byrne with five races remaining.

Bidding to beat Byrne to the record of being the first BSB rider to win four titles in their career, Buildbase BMW rider Kiyonari heads to Silverstone admitting there is increasing pressure on his shoulders. Despite this, it is a challenge he says he is relishing.

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"At Assen we had a great battle with me and Shakey and also Tommy (Bridewell) was there too and I think there will be more like this at Silverstone. I think there is more pressure now because we are in a position to win the championship, so I am thinking about it every day now. I think perhaps the pressure helps as we push more and think just of the title and wins, so maybe that is good! I am ready for the weekend and we want to try and win again so we are ready for Brands Hatch."

Having been forced to skip last year's BSB round at Silverstone because of a shoulder injury, Kiyonari is confident it won't hamper his preparations.

"Last year I didn't race at Silverstone because of the shoulder injury so this is a track that I have less experience of than the others this season which will maybe make it a bit more difficult, but I don't think this is a big problem," he told the BSB website. "The tracks that I thought before the races would be easy or hard or good or bad haven't always been what I thought and so I don't know what to expect for Silverstone although I know I will be pushing very hard again!

"I want to push for wins even more at Silverstone as we didn't win at Assen! I was disappointed with that because I had been at the front for most of the race and then Shakey took it at the end, so I want to get one back for that! I am happier now because I have watched the races again and thought about it a lot and what I did wrong. I now know why Shakey beat me and so I am ready to try again at Silverstone.