Jonathan Rea says despite it being mathematically possible to clinch the 2017 World Superbike championship title at Magny-Cours he’s concentrating on challenging for wins and let the title be decided by his results.

The two-time and defending World Superbike champion can make history this weekend in France by becoming the first rider to win three consecutive riders' titles thanks to his comfortable 120-point lead over Tom Sykes with a maximum of 150 points left available to score from the final three rounds.

Mathematically Rea can seal a third consecutive world title in race one at Magny-Cours if he outscores Sykes by five points but instead of the championship taking sole control of how he approaches the race weekend Rea is targeting race wins to decide the title.

“This weekend is the first opportunity we have to try to win the 2017 WorldSBK championship,” Rea said. “I want to put that out of my mind for now and go and do my best in both races. I'm confident with how the ZX-10RR is now, and that we can go and fight for race wins.

“I'm excited for this weekend, especially after such a strong weekend in Portimao where we remained for a day of testing after the race. We found some positives that we can perhaps implement this weekend to give me some extra confidence on corner entry.

“Magny-Cours is a great circuit and one that I've been strong at in the past. The circuit itself requires a little compromise when setting up the bike and we will also have to keep in mind the weather, as at this time of the year anything can happen.”

Rea comes fresh from his double victory last time out at Portimao with a near-flawless rostrum record this year with 19 podium in 20 WorldSBK races - the sole blip coming in race one at Donington Park when he suffered a rear tyre failure.


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