Stuart Easton is well aware his PBM Kawasaki team-mate Shane Byrne is the man to beat this weekend at Knockhill but is in an upbeat mood after finishing Friday practice at the head of the chasing pack.

The local rider completed his team's one-two performance in both free practice sessions and ended the day 0.311s off the defending MCE British Superbike champion. Easton got the better of Milwaukee Yamaha's Josh Brookes in both sessions but holds a slender advantage of just 0.011s over the Australian for second spot.

"This has probably been my best Friday of the year and things are looking good on the form front and I am back on track," Easton said. "I feel good on the bike, but not quite perfect yet."

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The Scottish rider, who claimed victory in round three at Oulton Park in May, feels he is getting back to his best as he continues his attempt to lockdown a Showdown spot.

"It was a good day overall for us, it's nice to have PBM one-two overall at the end of the day too," he added. "I would have liked to be three tenths closer to Shakey instead of having the other guys all so close to me, but it was still a good day and he is the one we need to catch, especially here at my home round."

Easton currently sits fourth in the BSB riders' championship and is aiming for a healthy helping of points to strengthen his position in the top six ahead of the Showdown.