Josh Brookes says getting on top of tyre wear at Silverstone will be the key to unlock a vital edge on his rivals in qualifying and race pace after ending Friday practice second quickest.

The MCE British Superbike championship leader is looking to pick up exactly where he left off after notching up a double winner weekend at Assen and consistently banged in a blistering pace over mid-range runs, eventually ending the day second on the timesheet, 0.074s behind Tyco BMW's Michael Laverty.

Despite being relatively satisfied with the work completed on the Yamaha YZF-R1, Brookes says he and Milwaukee Yamaha still have more to do to secure a set-up he's confident with over a race distance on the softer compound Pirelli tyres.

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"The area we are focusing on to improve is tyre wear," Brookes said. "The feel is better on the softer SC0 tyre but the tyre wear is significant, so if we went over a race distance it was would be difficult to maintain a decent lap time over the final five laps. Even staying on the bike would be quiet to difficult.

"Although my best lap time was done on the SC1 it doesn't tell the full story. The bike works quite well on both tyres at the moment. I feel more confident on the softer tyre even though I went faster on the harder tyre and I felt the improvements made were more down to the set-up."

Heading into the penultimate round of the season, Brookes holds a 28-point advantage over his closest rival Shane Byrne but insists he has no plans to ride conservatively and prefers to continue to attack for victories.

"The focus is still trying to win races. Even though we're getting close to the end it is too early to rest on the points gap," he explained. "I need to continue and to keep my confidence up into the last round so that I am not just riding on a points gap but also on a high confidence level."

Brookes, who is hunting a maiden BSB title, pointed to how other riders clinched their championships and feels an aggressive frame of mind will stop him becoming complacent.

"Looking at it over a single race often you'll see a guy leading; it could be Valentino Rossi, Marc Marquez, Jonathan Rea, and you see them with a lap to go still pushing," he explained. "You can think why doesn't he back it off and bring it home safely. But if you change what is working you can upset the rhythm, the tyre can cool off or the balance of the bike can be effected. It is best to stay at your consistent speed as opposed to riding off."