Shane Byrne says his goal of regaining the British Superbike title starts next week as he gets to grip with the Ducati Panigale R for 2016.

The four-time BSB champion conceded with good grace that Josh Brookes has been fully deserving of a maiden title this year and wants to take the crown back immediately next season and claim an unprecedented fifth title.

Next year PBM will receive full factory support from Ducati with the Panigale R, the Italian manufacturer Byrne claimed his 2003 and 2008 championships with, and he says he can't wait to see if the former magic will return starting with a Ducati test in Valencia next week.

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"Full focus has to go into next season which starts in two days time," Byrne said. "I can't wait to get on to the Ducati and see if it ignites some old fire. I had some good times on the Ducati in the past so I'm looking forward to a fresh challenge and we've certainly got the best possible package to go forward next year.

"It is going to be really, really interesting. A big change, a new bike, a new crew chief, some new crew from Italy so it should be cool to try to win the championship back."

The Kent-born rider also says he's been baffled by performances Brookes and Milwaukee Yamaha have been able to produce this season and is keen to find a way to close the gap.

"I gave my best and my team gave my best for me but it didn't work out this year but I guess it can't every single year," he said. "As much as I wanted to defend the title and try to win it again this year it just seemed that every Showdown round something else went against us.

"I don't want to make excuses, Josh has rode awesome and Yamaha have given him a package that is really difficult to beat. Hats off to them, they did a better job."