Troy Bayliss has set his sights on securing the World Superbike title he came so close to winning at Vallelunga as he gears up for the penultimate round of the season – and his career - at Magny-Cours.
Bayliss was just three corners away from being crowned champion in Italy when he fell whilst disputing the lead with Noriyuki Haga.
It means he has had to wait two weeks before he can try again, although this time his margin over closest rival Troy Corser is down from 101 to 79 points heading to France.
Indeed, the Aussie rider insists he will not stop pushing until the title is safely in his pocket, but with only 100 points available for the remainder of the season, Bayliss needs just to keep his margin over Corser to above 50 points by the end of the weekend in order to be crowned champion.
"After the results of Vallelunga, I'm obviously wanting to tie things up this weekend at Magny-Cours,” he said. “I still have a fairly big advantage in terms of points but that doesn't mean I'm going to relax, not until it's all over. I've gone fairly well at this track in the past and have won here a couple of seasons ago so I know that if the conditions are right I can get the results.
More poignantly, Bayliss will look to take the title France so he can focus on what will be the final event of a glittering career in Portugal.
“It's very strange to know that I'm so close to the end of my Superbike career, just two races to go. I can't really explain how I'm feeling, I guess it hasn't really sunk in yet."