Jonathan Rea says he won't be concentrating on any World Superbike championship points management at Magny Cours as he moves closer to defending his world title.
The Kawasaki rider pulled out a 47-point advantage over nearest rival Tom Sykes thanks to a masterclass ride to victory in a wet race two at the Lausitzring last time out.
With just six races to go in 2016 Rea could be excused for targeting outright points to guide himself to a second straight World Superbike title, but with confidence high - while also claiming a double victory weekend last year at the French track - the Northern Irish isn't planning on changing his approach.
“Of course at this stage of the year I am thinking about the gap but I do not want to let it affect my riding,” Rea said. “We can't really manage a 47-point lead because we can see how easy it is to lose a bunch of points.
“But going into the weekend in France I am happy and confident on the bike and we have a lot of data for the track. We know what works there and we will start with a good base and work step-by-step through the weekend.
“A wet race win in Germany was a nice way to finish the weekend last time out and I have l slept really well this week. I am looking forward to Magny Cours because I have had a good history there and I enjoy riding it. We have a points advantage but not enough to be comfortable with, so we still have to go out and make big points in France.”
Rea can guarantee a Kawasaki rider will win the 2016 riders' crown by outscoring Aruba.it Racing Ducati's Chaz Davies by three points in France.
Despite suffering two straight DNFs either side of the extended summer break, Rea is arguably still in the best form of any rider having claimed four wins in the past four races he has finished, with 47 point lead on Sykes.