Shane Byrne says he is pleased to have completed a mixed British Superbike Title Showdown opener with a win in his pocket as he comes under mounting pressure from Ryuichi Kiyonari for this year's championship heading to Silverstone.

Having begun the three-round shootout in the Netherlands with a comfortable 28 point lead over the Japanese rider, a crash in the first race saw the gap significantly reduced before reassuming some distance between them by prevailing in a head-to-head in race two.

His first win since Knockhill in June, Byrne admits it was reassuring to bring his victory drought to an end at a potentially critical time, but heading to Silverstone he is aware the challenge of his fellow three-time champion is growing.

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"Assen was a bit of a mixed bag for us, but that said, I would rather it happened the way it did than the other way round and had to leave Assen with a crash. The win in race two meant the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki team left there on a high and then after a quick turnaround I have spent some time in Spain with the family and training even harder so we are ready for Silverstone.

"Coming off a win definitely spurs you on for more - if that was even possible! It is great to see that the team's hard work all season long is paying off as we get to these final rounds. The improvements we have made paid dividends at Assen and now we hope that those will also suit Silverstone.

"Last year we had some really close races there and I would like to think that the circuit will do the same again this weekend. The races last year with Alex (Lowes) were some of the best I have had in my career and I am sure circuits like Silverstone and then Brands Hatch for the final round will produce some great races. Hopefully they will be great races for me as well as the fans and I can leave with a win or two this weekend to set us up ready for the final round."