Tom Sykes is aiming to strike a title blow against his World Superbike riders this weekend at Magny-Cours in France.

The Kawasaki rider claimed his seventh success of the season at Laguna Seca in the USA but dropped from first to fourth in the closing stages of race two, with Eugene Laverty taking the victory to move into second place in the championship, 23 points behind the British rider.

Sykes is ready to give his all this weekend at the penultimate round of the series as he attempts to put more daylight between himself at his closest challengers at the top of the table prior to the final round at Jerez on October 20.

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"Magny-Cours is a circuit where we had a good result last year and the Ninja ZX-10R worked really well there. We have improved the bike again this year so I am looking forward to going back there," said Sykes.

"I hope we can have a good race weekend and hopefully we can have an advantage over our competitors. It is that time of the season and everybody is giving maximum effort.

I will have a good discussion with my crew chief Marcel and all my team to be ready for the Magny-Cours races.

"It is much better to be leading than to be behind in the points at this stage."