Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider Shane 'Shakey' Byrne admitted he 'erred on the side of caution' even though he still set the second fastest time in final qualifying at Silverstone.

Byrne's best lap of 2m 10.940s was around eight tenths slower than pole man Ryuichi Kiyonari, but the Kawasaki rider used an intermediate front in Q3 while title rival Kiyonari opted for slicks.

"It was one of those sessions where you look up and down the pit lane and you have to make a decision. For myself and Kiyo it is a completely different ball game right now," Byrne said.

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"I went for wets in Q1 and intermediate front and a slick rear in Q2 and I wasn't sure about the slick in the front. From a performance point of view it is obviously faster but if you lose the front at one of the damp sections you could end up looking like a right div!

"I erred on the side of caution and went for an intermediate front and fortunately on the last lap I put a semi-decent lap that put us on the front row, which should make for a good fight tomorrow between myself and Kiyo. I am feeling good for tomorrow now."

Byrne holds sway at the top of the championship by 12 points and won last time out at Assen to atone for a costly mistake in race one, which saw the triple BSB champion crash out in the tricky conditions.