Tom Sykes maintains he is in a relaxed mood ahead of the most important event of his motorcycling career as he looks to wrap up the 2013 World Superbike Championship title at Jerez this weekend.

The Kawasaki rider's decisive double victory last time out at Magny-Cours means he comes into the final round of the season in Spain with a healthy 37 point lead to his name. With just 50 points up for grabs, it means a third place finish in just one race would be enough to seal the title, or he can achieve it with two ninth place finishes.

Indeed, Sykes insists he is looking forward to the weekend, not least because he comes into the event with the largest leading gap any rider has enjoyed all year.

However, while Sykes admits the prospect of sealing the title on home soil for his Spanish-based Provec team would certainly be 'magical', he joked that he'd settle for less glamorous surroundings so long as it's his name on the winners' trophy...

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"It helps to be the team's home circuit, so if that was the case [to win the title] it would be magical, but I'm not bothered if it's the team's home circuit or a Tesco car park! As long as I'm world champion, I won't mind!

"I was laughing when someone said to Eugene to go 'full gas', because - unless someone's been pulling wool over our eyes - that's what we do every weekend! I'm certainly in a much better position than last year and I'd rather be in front for the margin for error."

Looking ahead to the weekend, though Sykes is aware that Aprilia pair Eugene Laverty and Sylvain Guintoli - the only riders capable of beating him to the title - have good experience of testing around Jerez, he doesn't expect it to make a significant difference come race day.

"The bike has been working really well and I know BMW and Aprilia have been doing laps around here this year, but that's not our biggest concern. We have done plenty of laps around Aragon and there is only a certain level you can achieve.

"We have just have to play a bit of catch up, but I've tested here in the winter and the bike worked well, so I'm looking forward to the weekend."

Should Sykes complete the title win, he will become the first Kawasaki rider to do so since Scott Russell back in 1993.