Shane Byrne heads into the MCE British Superbike Showdown with a six point advantage over Leon Haslam after a challenging Silverstone triple-header for the Be Wiser Ducati rider.

The defending BSB champion booked his top six spot in race one despite crashing out as results around him went in his favour. After recovering with a third place finish in Sunday’s first race he was unable to capitalise on it in the soaking wet finale as he tumbled out along with the majority of the BSB field in a race which saw just seven classified finishers.

As a result, Byrne goes into the Showdown thanks to his healthy Podium Points tally but with just 14 points splitting the top four riders he’s aware the advantage could count for little.

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“Going into the Showdown I’ve been on both sides, chasing or being chased, one year in particular we had the biggest lead but we crashed in the first Showdown round and the advantage was gone,” Byrne said. “It has been a difficult year for almost everyone.

“I had a couple of off rounds, Leon has, Josh has failed to finish in a few races. In one way or another it hurts you in the points stake.

“There were 15 podium points up for grabs this weekend and we came for all 15 but ended up with one which isn’t ideal but I will take it. It has been a difficult weekend, I’ve been upside down twice which isn’t ideal but we raced an SC1 rear tyre today in the dry. It is no secret Josh and I use the SC0 and Leon is good on the SC1 but track conditions and temperatures are unlikely to be through the roof for the rest of the year the SC1 might be the tyre to use.

“I’ll take the positives and move forward ahead to Oulton Park where we had a good weekend earlier in the year with Ducati. We will keep pushing on.”