Shane Byrne says he's content with starting on the second row for tomorrow's race one at Assen but admits he and the PBM Kawasaki team still have more work to do to catch his rivals.

The four-time British Superbike champion has endured a tricky start to round ten at the Dutch circuit which has resulted in Byrne only managing fifth place in qualifying and a significant 1.034s gap has developed between him and his main BSB title rival Josh Brookes, who starts from pole.

Although Byrne isn't too downcast about the deficit he is well-aware the areas he is losing out in and will be looking to make improvements during Sunday's warm-up session to close the gap.

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"We've got a bit more work to do," Byrne said. "We tried some stuff through qualifying and while it's easy to say we've got more pace that we haven't shown yet, I think it's not quite the massive trauma that it looks like at the minute.

"That said, we're going to try something pretty big for tomorrow. We're ok in the first sector, there or thereabouts in the last sector, it's just the middle bit. Those long, hanging corners are really hurting us. I sit there almost getting frustrated riding around them, because I know what I need to do but at the minute I can't do it."

Byrne has also revealed he was still tweaking his race set-up during qualifying which may have impacted his outright single lap pace but is confident he can come out fighting from fifth.

"I sacrificed some of qualifying to get a better set-up for the race," he said. "It wasn't the intention and while a front row start would have been the ideal scenario, the second row is absolutely fine.

"There's a few guys who will be able to do one or two fast laps at the start but these races are eighteen laps. I'm not too despondent."

Byrne currently trails BSB championship leader Brookes by two points as the Showdown takes effect.