Tom Sykes is preparing for a 'bittersweet' race weekend at Magny-Cours as he targets the runner-up spot in the World Superbike championship after his Kawasaki team-mate Jonathan Rea clinched the title in the last round at Jerez.

The former World Superbike champion, whose team also claimed the manufacturer honours last time out, is looking to complete a perfect campaign for Kawasaki by making it a 1-2 in the riders' standings.

Sykes currently trails Aruba.it Ducati's Chaz Davies by 21 points for the runner-up place with two rounds remaining, starting this weekend at a venue which has hosted some painful memories for him in the past.

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"Magny-Cours has been a mixed bag for me," Sykes said. "It is a circuit that has been quite kind to me in terms of race results but it has also been quite pivotal in my career. We lost the championship there by half a point in 2012 so of course that was bit of landmark."

Despite Sykes' bad experiences at the French circuit he has claimed three race wins including a dominant double victory two years ago on his way to being crowned World Superbike champion.

"It is a bittersweet place but, overall, with the race success I have had there, I like it," he added. "Last year things were going so well for most of the weekend but then it rained and we had a painful race day in wet conditions.

"The good thing is that the Kawasaki fans always bring great support and it is great to hear the grandstands. The turnout is incredible so it looks like they are mad bike fans in France. I am certainly looking forward to getting going again."