Sylvain Guintoli says he cannot afford to rely on just consistency to win the 2013 World Superbike Championship title as the season enters the critical final phase with a return to Laguna Seca.

The Frenchman has been the model of consistency so far this season, his single win tempered by just a single DNF, while a further ten podiums have kept him well in the hunt despite rivals Tom Sykes, Eugene Laverty and Marco Melandri picking up the lion's share of the victories.

However, after losing ground last time out at Istanbul Park to slip eight points adrift of Sykes with only three rounds remaining, Guintoli admits he needs to get on top of the podium if he is to push for the title.

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Still struggling with the shoulder injury that has hampered him since Moscow, the Aprilia rider is nonetheless prepared to go all out for victory in the United States.

"Istanbul was a difficult race day and my shoulder was in a very bad shape after the races. I gave everything and more and manage to get back on the podium, but to win the title I need better results. Laguna is a very physical track so I know I will suffer but, as they say here, no pain no gain!"