Shane Byrne says despite an underwhelming qualifying result he is concentrating on the positives ahead of the races at Silverstone.

The PBM Kawasaki rider was unable to convert the improvements he found in the middle qualifying knockout session in the top ten shootout, after set-up adjustments backfired and left him stranded in tenth.

After battling up the timesheet during the free practice sessions Byrne's best time in Q2 - a 2m 04.720s - would have been enough to give him fifth on the grid but instead went backwards and will head the fourth row in race one.

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Despite his disappointment, Byrne is remaining upbeat at Silverstone thanks to the gains discovered during qualifying and feels he can still rescue positive results.

"There are two ways of looking at today. Tenth position is far from ideal but for me in Q2 we made a massive step forward with the bike," Byrne said. "We made another small change in the same direction in Q3 which I thought would lower the lap time even more which would have been necessary for a good grid position.

"I felt really confident going out into Q3 but from the first couple of corners it was obvious we had a big problem. While the end result didn't look very positive I think today hasn't been that bad a day.

Byrne also says he is confident he can charge forward from the fourth row but is hoping that the front runners can cause one another problems to give him a better opportunity to bridge the gap.

"We need a good race one tomorrow with a quick lap to hopefully start closer in race two," he said. "We have also got to hope that there is a bit of battling at the front while we try to get up there and see how we go."

The defending BSB champion currently trails Josh Brookes by 28 points in the BSB riders' standings with five races remaining.