David Salom is well placed to become the first - and potentially only - rider to officially secure the World Superbike Championship EVO class title at Magny-Cours this weekend.

Despite suffering his first DNF of the season last time out in Jerez, Salom remains comfortably clear of closest rival Niccolo Canepa having increased his advantage to 41 points with a maximum total of 100 points remaining from two rounds.

Mathematically, Salom needs to score just nine more points than Canepa to be certain of the title, but the format of only counting 'overall' points means his Althea Ducati rival will have to finish sixth or higher in the remaining four races to reclaim the ground.

Related Articles

It means Salom is all-but-assured of the title, though the man himself insists he is still focused on just notching up the points.

"I am in a good position in the points table heading to France," the Kawasaki Racing rider said. "It is not a bad circuit at all, especially in fully dry conditions, but it is just not my favourite one of the year.

"I have a 41-point advantage in the Evo class but in my mind, I am not even thinking about the championship heading to France; I am only thinking about winning the Evo races. I feel good because my hand is now much improved. If not 100% then it is maybe 95%. The doctor said maybe in a month it should be perfect, and the recovery after my operation has been very good."

Salom is tipped to be part of a three-man Kawasaki Racing team in 2015 alongside the already-confirmed Tom Sykes and the strongly rumoured Jonathan Rea.