Davide Giugliano is gunning for a repeat of his impressive runner-up finish at Laguna Seca on Sunday as Magny-Cours in France hosts the penultimate round of the World Superbike Championship this weekend.

Giugliano pushed race winner Eugene Laverty all the way on the Althea Aprilia, losing out at the line by 0.112s in race two.

Boosted by the result, the Italian rider hopes to maintain the same level of form this weekend on the RSV4 as he sets his sights on moving into the top six in the championship table.

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Giugliano is currently in ninth position, but is only seven points behind the injured Jonathan Rea in eighth and 11 points behind Loris Baz in sixth, who also misses the French round through injury.

"I've not even had time to enjoy the result of Laguna Seca and we're already en-route to France, where we'll take part in two very important races at Magny-Cours," said Giugliano.

"In America I once again proved that I can stick with the factory riders during races and that we have reached a high level of competitiveness. I like the Magny-Cours track although it often brings rain.

"Last year I finished eighth and sixth but my best memories of this track date back to 2011 when I mathematically won the Superstock 1000 title," he added.

"This weekend I would love to repeat our Laguna Seca performance, to consolidate our position at the highest levels."