Shane Byrne admits a tyre-saving strategy caused him to miss out on the top ten shootout in qualifying but says he isn't too disheartened with 11th at Cadwell Park.

The defending MCE British Superbike champion says he was confident his best lap of the weekend during Q2, a 1m 27.487s, would be enough to secure him a place in the final qualifying session but a late improvement by Martin Jessopp and James Westmoreland bumped Byrne down the order and outside the top ten.

Despite his struggles in qualifying Byrne remains upbeat for tomorrow's races at the Lincolnshire circuit having already secured a Showdown spot last time out at Thruxton.

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"It has been a really difficult weekend. I am so, so, so relived - when things have gone so bad and then you see a glimmer of light and you think we are finally through and making progress," Byrne said.

"Basically I did my lap in the second qualifying and my time showed a 1m 27.4s and before I went out I saw a few other riders doing 27.4s. I thought that time would put me up two or three places, and I thought we would be in.

"But I came around and saved my tyre and I came in and then I saw P11 and we just got pipped."