Shane Byrne hails his second consecutive double victory round as 'perfect' after managing the tricky conditions to extend his lead in the MCE British Superbike championship to 35 points over Josh Brookes.

The four-time BSB champion grabbed two race victories with very different styles in each and is enjoying a run of phenomenal form with four consecutive victories after his double last time out at Snetterton.

In race one Byrne got the better of his PBM Kawasaki team-mate Stuart Easton in a first-lap fight to control the pace at the front while in race two he battled up from fifth on the grid to lead before the race was halted by a red flag caused by rain. The unflappable Byrne enjoyed a faultless restart and broke the BSB lap record at Knockhill on his way to claiming a 66th career victory.

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Despite the difficult situation he and his BSB rivals found themselves in during race two Byrne says he was confident he could manage the occasion by relying on his experience.

"I had a plan for race two. I pushed really, really hard at the restart because I didn't have a full tank of fuel so I knew I could push hard straightaway," Byrne said. "The bike was absolutely perfect and I would like to say thank you to K-Tech suspension, they brought some new stuff to me this weekend which has been working really, really well."

During race one Byrne explained he was still complaining of rear tyre traction problems but was able to control the pace at the front to take the victory and with it a healthy helping of podium points ahead of the Showdown.

The Kent-based rider has collected 35 podium credits, 17 more than his next closest rival James Ellison, and was delighted with his weekend's work.

"I had a little issue during qualifying with my rear tyre spinning and to be honest every time I tried to get going [in race one] it wasn't feeling like it was going to hook up that good," Byrne said. "I did a few laps at high 48 seconds, and pushed on a bit to see if I could lower it and maybe break the lap record but the best I got was plus point two.

"I thought if I've got 12 laps to go and I'm trying to bust my balls and use the tyre too much the chances are they will have something left at the end of the race. So I had to back it back down again and wait to push at the end, covering my lines. Fortunately it worked out for me.

"I want to give a big happy birthday to Paul Bird's dad, Frank Bird, it is his birthday today so the big bird is celebrating his birthday and I've managed to give him a double. I'm really chuffed for Stuart at his home round and a 1-2 for PBM is perfect."