MCE British Superbike Championship leader Shane Byrne is expecting 'more of the same' at Brands Hatch after two pulsating races with main rival Ryuichi Kiyonari at Silverstone.

Byrne edged a hard-fought win in race one to extend his lead to 17 points, but Kiyonari returned the favour in race two, narrowly holding off the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider to reduce Byrne's deficit to 12 points ahead of the final Showdown round at Brands Hatch.

"The first race was so much fun but it was hard work battling with Kiyo and Josh [Brookes] and exactly what we needed after Assen. Kiyo's been incredibly strong this weekend and with Josh in the mix too, there was a lot of overtaking going on," Byrne said.

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"I had a slight moment on the final lap, and then Kiyo had one too, but I braked slightly later at the end of the straight and held on for the win. The second race was equally good fun and to get first and second in races like that is no bad thing.

"We were both on the limit and I had a plan but the race was quicker than the first one and the margins of reserve not as great, so when I had a little slide on the last lap I just couldn't quite make the move I wanted," he added.

"Fair play to Kiyo, he held on for the win and we now go to the final round at Brands Hatch where I'm sure there'll be more of the same."

Byrne's victory in race one was his 57th career BSB success and the 37-year-old will head to his home circuit at Brands as the favourite to become the first rider ever to win the title for a fourth time.