Shane Byrne says he is already putting some focus on setting up his PBM Kawasaki machine for the final few rounds ahead of the Showdown after pulling away from the chasing pack during Friday's practice sessions at Knockhill.

The defending MCE British Superbike champion eked out almost a third of a second advantage as he topped both free practice sessions, while his PBM Kawasaki team secured a double one-two finish with Stuart Easton grabbing second in each session.

Byrne is riding on a strong wave of form after his two victories and pole position last time out at Snetterton and that dominance has enabled him to confidently try out new parts on his Kawasaki ZX-10R to discover gains for later on in the year.

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"I think that if there was ever a day of riding that was going to be really important, it was today," Byrne declared. "This afternoon we tried some new parts on the bike, and there's definitely some margin for improvement, but there are some definite improvements too.

"We say quite often that we're working in a window, at the minute we're in the postcode and that's nearly right enough for us.

"I want to start doing a lot more work on the bike in the run up to the final few rounds and the Showdown because while in an ideal round I'd be picking up ten podium credits every round it's not going to happen like that."

Despite his confidence Byrne says he will look to maintain the fine balance of working on improvements for the Showdown as well as keeping his haul of points and podium credits rolling.

"There are a lot of positives to come, and we're going to keep chipping away to find them," he added. "This way, hopefully I'll have a completely sorted package for the final three rounds."