With Cal Crutchlow now sitting 22 points clear of nearest rival Eugene Laverty, the Yamaha World Supersport team is starting to think not only of winning the title - but of winning it with one round to go.
Crutchlow took his fifth win of the season by over ten seconds from Laverty last time out in Germany and, with just three rounds to go, has a real chance of wrapping up the title at the penultimate Magny-Cours round - providing he can finish the French event with a lead of 25 points over the Parkalgar Honda rider.
"I think Cal is ready to race wherever we go, I think he will be as strong as he was at the Nurburgring,” said Crutchlow's team manager Wilco Zeelenberg. “Hopefully we'll have a situation where we will be able to get enough points to be able to decide the title at Magny-Cours, that's the dream scenario anyway.
“For now we're going to focus on this race and there are still three rounds to go. We know Cal still has Eugene to deal with, so we need to make sure the R6 is up there at the front finishing those last three races.”
Crutchlow was narrowly beaten by Ten Kate Honda's Kenan Sofuoglu in July's Imola test.
"The test went well at Imola," said the Englishman. "I intend to carry on where we left off after the last race and keep on putting in 100% to win. The plan is to keep the championship lead this weekend and increase on it as much as possible to get closer to the title win."
Crutchlow is linked to both WSBK and Moto2 for 2010.