Danny Buchan says he's rediscovered some confidence which helped him push his way into second on the timesheet after Friday practice at Cadwell Park.

The Be Wiser Kawasaki rider became the surprising sole challenger to Josh Brookes at the sharp end during practice and pinched top spot from the current MCE British Superbike championship leader in the latter stages of both free practice sessions, until the Milwaukee Yamaha rider notched up a flying last lap to go quickest.

The 22-year-old rookie says he was pleased to take second place against his more experienced rivals and put his progress down to the developments made at a mid-season test at Cadwell Park.

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"I've found the gains from within me," Buchan said. "The bike is the same from the last round but I personally feel a lot better. There have also been a few things I've done off the track which have obviously helped so for me that is a great step forward.

"We had a private test here on my practice bike about a week ago and that got my head in the right place. I feel a little bit more confident now and Cadwell Park is a good place for me anyway."

Looking ahead to the two races this weekend Buchan says it is imperative he converts his promising pace into strong results and is targeting a maiden podium finish in BSB.

"If we can keep moving forward and close the gap to Josh then I'll be more than happy with that," he added. "If I spray champagne twice or get two P2s on Sunday then I'll be over the moon with that. We've still got changes to do and the boys are going through the data tonight and other bits and pieces.

"Hopefully tomorrow we can keep working with that and moving forward to get us in good place for race day."