Shane Byrne says he's satisfied to come away from Brands Hatch with a healthy helping of championship points despite not being up to his high standards for round two of the MCE British Superbikes.

The reigning BSB champion notched up two second place finishes around the Brands Hatch Indy circuit and saw his lead in the riders' standings cut to six points by double-winner James Ellison. The PBM Kawasaki rider says he was never content with his race setup but feels his results helped cover up his shortcomings.

"Two second places is not too bad. I can't leave here 100% happy but at the same time you can't expect to turn up to every race and expect to win," Byrne reflected. "The reality is if you'd offered me two second places at the start of the weekend I'd have bitten your hand off. We've been up against it so I can't be too unhappy.

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"The great thing about weekends like this when your back is against the wall is you get some reward for it, you've got to take the points however they come."

Byrne used all of his experience to work his way up the field in each race, overtaking Ryuichi Kiyonari in both rounds, and was the biggest benefactor from safety car periods.

"The pace car definitely worked in our favour in race one and managed to get past Kiyonari," Byrne said. "Starting from third [in race two] I saw Kiyo had a bit of movement with his bike and for the second race I used a different tyre which felt really good. Unluckily for James Ellison but good for the fans, TV and everyone else who was a mile behind him anyway, we got another shot at him."

After losing out to Ellison in three of the four BSB races in 2015, Byrne says he's going to look over where he can find improvements and come back stronger for round three at Oulton Park.

"We're going to make a small step again to try to have the pace to stay with James. It's fairly clear to see that the four of us should be in a right little ding-dong at the front."