Sylvain Guintoli says he will be forced to 'fight for every point' now having been given less opportunity to overhaul main WSBK title rival Tom Sykes following the cancellation of the South African event.

The Frenchman is currently 44 points in arrears of Sykes as the WSBK riders return to action following a long summer break, but Guintoli is under more pressure now after the South African round cancellation leaves just three events remaining.

With this in mind, Guintoli heads to Jerez this weekend eager to claw back some much needed ground to put him in position for the remaining rounds at Magny-Cours and Losail.

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"Long summer break but the focus is 100 per cent on performing at best in Jerez. Every race and every point will be fought for, even more now that South Africa has been cancelled. We can still do it."

Another rider to lose out from the decision to omit two races from the schedule, Guintoli's Aprilia team-mate Marco Melandri is simply focusing on performing at his best in Spain.

"We are finally getting back on the track. The break was definitely too long! This is going to be a heated weekend considering the temperatures and two very taxing races. Jerez is one of my favourite tracks.

"I can't wait to feel that rush of adrenaline at the start. After winning the last round at Laguna Seca I'm sure that I'll be confident and when I'm on my RSV4 I really have a lot of fun."


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ProfessorX: Melandri is a saint compared to MM who intentionally runs in to people when ever he is having problems passing. The only thing keeping MM from killing someone is the speed of his bike/tires. [\blockquote]

Marquez is a hard rider not adverse to sitting someone up but all champions have that tendency. Rossi has done his fair share of moves and all of them are absolutely nothing compared to the Doohan / Gardner / Swantz / Spencer / Roberts days. It isn't a knitting contest.