Sylvain Guintoli believes his Aprilia RSV4 will suit the Losail International Circuit 'like a glove' as he looks to overhaul Tom Sykes for the 2014 World Superbike Championship title.

A win and two second places from the last four races have seen Guintoli whittle Sykes's advantage down from 44 points to 12 with just the Qatari event remaining, even if controversy was sparked by Aprilia team-mate Marco Melandri not ceding his win when asked at Magny-Cours.

Nonetheless, Guintoli has high hopes for the final event, which returns to the calendar after five years and will be held under floodlights for the first time, suggesting the high-speed, sweeping layout of the track will play to the RSV4's strengths.

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"Last visit to Qatar I won the race ("8h of Doha") and the Team I raced for was World Champion (Endurance), back in 2010. I love the track and it will suit the RSV4 like a glove. I am very excited about this weekend and very focused on our target.

"I have worked very hard for this and since Laguna we have closed the gap from 44 to 12 points. Sykes is defending well but we are now very close."