Shane Byrne feels it is time he returned to winning ways after the long mid-season break in the MCE British Superbike championship after discovering a more competitive race pace since Oulton Park.

The defending BSB champion's run of finishing on the podium in every race came crashing to a halt in race two at Oulton Park after Ryuichi Kiyonari clattered into Byrne in the closing stages, taking them both out of the race. As a result, Byrne's lead in the riders' standings was ended by JG Speedfit Kawasaki's James Ellison who heads the championship by eight points.

Byrne reiterates he has no hard feelings from the incident with the Japanese rider and is seeking an instant return to the podium at Snetterton this weekend.

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"It has been a very difficult start to the season with just one win so far and the last time I rode the bike I had the crash with Kiyo - I was over that straight away but I would have been more than happy if someone would have said we were going to have an extra race," Byrne said. "I think we could have gone out and absolutely smashed it as I felt like I had got myself together."

During the mid-season test at the Norfolk track Byrne was timesheet topper Josh Brookes' closest rival as the Milwaukee Yamaha rider smashed the old lap record by a second and he felt his Paul Bird Motorsport Kawasaki squad made positive progress during the test.

"We did lots of laps [at the test] and were strong over race distance on race tyres and ultimately that is what it going to get you 25 points," he said. "Hopefully when the new parts turn up then we will get an increase in performance from the bike and that will keep us at the sharp end. Everyone will only be getting stronger and that is why it is important that we stay at the top of our game and I work as hard as I can to do the best job I can."

Despite Byrne's rostrum run at the start of the season he has only recorded a single victory after six races - race two at the season opener at Donington Park - something he wants to improve upon this weekend.

"Obviously I want to score as many podium points as I can between now and the Showdown and I would also like to get a bit of a run of wins going to be honest as it feels like a bit of a long time since Donington Park."