Shane Byrne has assumed the lead of the British Superbike Championship standings after solid third and fourth place finishes at Oulton Park.

The HM Plant Honda rider had feared a difficult race day following qualifying as he and team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari struggled to find a set-up on the CBR1000RR.

However, while Byrne never looked poised to launch a victory challenge - despite running with the leaders in both races -, he was delighted to come away with two good finishes in the circumstances.

"I am so pleased to have finished on the podium in the second race; after Saturday's free practice sessions when we were running outside the top ten I would have taken the offer of a fourth and a third - in fact I would have bitten your arm of for it!

"The boys in the HM Plant Honda garage and at Motec did such a good job to get us up the sharp end today for the races. There were a couple of moments when I got a raw deal with riders heading off the track, but there were a few I also benefitted from.

"Everyone was jostling for positions out there and I was able to make the most of it and get the HM Plant Honda Fireblade on the podium. We really turned things around this weekend and to have the lead in the championship ahead of Croft is a good result after everyone's hard work here at Oulton Park."

As one of only two riders inside the top six to have scored in each of the four races this season, Byrne is now 11 points up on his closest rival in the overall standings.



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