Shane Byrne says there is no argument to be made against Josh Brookes deserving his maiden MCE British Superbike championship this year, after losing out to the Milwaukee Yamaha rider in a frantic race at Brands Hatch.

The defending BSB champion had the odds heavily stacked against him coming into the triple-header season finale with a 47-point deficit to Brookes and felt three wins would only be enough to challenge his title rival.

The PBM Kawasaki rider made a superb start to race one by jumping from fifth to second on the first lap before passing Brookes for the lead to head proceedings over the opening laps.

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Byrne says he gave it his all to hold Brookes back and bring other riders into contention to help him but admitted the Australian rider was just too strong and had no complaints.

"These championships don't come on the back of Kellogg's Frosties packets and you have to earn them. Josh certainly earned it this year," Byrne said. "There is no disputing the fact that he's won however many races it has been and been on the podium as many times as he has. You can't not deserve a championship after all that.

"I've won seven races this year and was hoping to win a couple more this weekend and generally speaking the performances I've put in this year would generally be good enough for a championship but those guys took it to another level."

Reflecting on his own season, Byrne feels he's always been one step behind after breaking his hand in a pre-season testing accident in Spain in combination with the race pace Milwaukee Yamaha and Josh Brookes has unlocked for the new R1 over the course of the season.

"This season things haven't gone quite to plan. We had a plan for the word go and I threw that into disarray by crashing on the first day of pre-season testing," Byrne said. "The race here today was the only one we had to keep the championship alive, it was always going to be a long shot because of the competitiveness of Josh Brookes and Yamaha - they are on another level at the moment.

"I gave absolutely everything I could to stay in front and when I did I tried to go really fast and hope for an end-of-year to jump on the podium and I wanted to get some more guys in the mix we could have taken some points off Josh.

"When he got past he went 1.1 seconds quicker that lap and I thought what can you do, I was trying my absolute hardest all the way to the end."

Byrne will now look to secure the runner-up spot in the BSB championship which he can achieve if he finishes fifth or higher in the first race on Sunday.