Shane Byrne feels a maiden double race victory of the season was taken out of his grasp by a broken gear lever in race two at Thruxton but feels the positives outweigh the negatives having strengthened his MCE British Superbike championship lead.

The Be Wiser Ducati rider pulled out a masterclass in tyre management in the restarted race one while fending off Tyco BMW's Michael Laverty to ease clear for his fourth win of the campaign.

Targeting his first double victory round of the year, Byrne had bolted into the lead ahead of Laverty but on lap two of the second race he was forced to retire with a broken gear lever.

Despite his frustration the four-time BSB champion still extends his points advantage to 15 over Leon Haslam while picking up another useful five podium credits with an eye on the Showdown.

"When Michael took the lead in the re-start [of race one] I wasn't too concerned but I knew I couldn't stay behind him for too long otherwise it would be a freight train," Byrne said. "I got by him but possibly punished my tyres trying to break away from him and the last few laps were a bit sketchy but we got the job done.

"The second race started well but the gear linkage breaking is just one of those things. I know how meticulous my team are, they're almost obsessive and prepare in the same way that I do, always giving 100%. That's why we work so well together.

"It was no-one's fault although it was difficult to sit in the pit box knowing I could have been faster than what the leaders were lapping at. I really wanted to reward the whole team with a double this weekend but the positives, and there are a lot of them, far outweigh the negatives."

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