All bets of anyone other than Carlos Checa sealing the 2011 World Superbike Championship at Magny-Cours may be off, but the man himself insists he doesn't want to complete the inevitable by merely finishing in France.
The Althea Ducati came remarkably close to winning the title with two rounds remaining at Imola only for Marco Melandri's late ascension to sixth place to deny him for another week.
Nonetheless, with just three points the difference between himself and the trophy, Checa – who has failed to finish just once this season - will almost certainly be celebrating glory come the end of the weekend.
Even so, Checa is keen to win in style by working as hard as he has done every weekend, even if he admits the French circuit doesn't play to the Ducati 1098R's strengths.
“We are going to Magny-Cours where we want to make two good races, top level races. The track is not particularly favourable to us but we'll be giving it our all and we'll see. We've demonstrated our potential all year long and I really don't want Sunday to be a celebratory 'walk in the park', I prefer to work hard as we have done every weekend, because this is the best way to receive the title.
“I am expecting an unforgettable day but the prize should be awarded for a year's worth of hard work, by the entire team. We have a great package and so I would like to accept the trophy in the correct way, which means that we‟ll continue to give 100% until the very end.”
Althea Racing are in a position to win two titles at Magny-Cours, with its Davide Giugliano needing just a seventh place finish to wrap up the 2011 FIM Superstock 1000 crown.