Sylvain Guintoli heads into the final round of the 2013 World Superbike Championship in a positive frame of mind, despite admitting it will difficult now for him to overhaul Tom Sykes in the fight for the title.

Despite having just a single race win to his name - achieved right at the start of the year at Phillip Island -, Guintoli has led the overall standings for lengthy portions of the season and was just a single point behind his rival as recently as the Nurburgring.

However, having failed to out-score Sykes in each of the last six races, Guintoli finds himself 38 points behind with just the final round at Jerez remaining.

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With this in mind, Guintoli admits he faces a difficult task staying in touch, but having fully recovered from the shoulder injury that has blighted the second-half of his season - despite taking a tumble at Magny-Cours -, the Aprilia rider has high hopes for the races at Jerez.

"After the Magny-Cours race two battle with Eugene that ended on the tarmac, medical checks revealed no further damage to the shoulder. That's the first good news! The second one is that Jerez is our test track and I know it very well from my GP days. The fight for the championship is still on and I want to push until the end.""

Guintoli is third in the standings, one point behind team-mate Eugene Laverty.