Marc Marquez isn't the only rider who can clinch a World Championship this weekend, as Tom Sykes is on the verge of becoming the first British World Superbike champion since James Toseland in 2007.
Sykes leads fellow Brit Eugene Laverty by 37 points entering the season finale this weekend in Jerez. With a maximum of 50 total points available in the two races, Sykes needs to finish third or better in the first race on his Kawasaki to clinch his first WSBK title.
"I hear people saying I need 'X' amount of points or I need to finish in this-or-that position in this race, and so on, but we just need go there and work on our own thing and see what happens after two races," Sykes said. "I am quite relaxed.
"This will be the last round, and it all boils down to the last round - again. Last year we were 30.5 points behind at this stage, and now we are 37 points in front. We are in a much better position, and that is the way I am looking at it. Hopefully come Sunday afternoon, if all things go well, then we can really enjoy the weekend."
Sykes has nine victories this season, including a sweep Oct. 6 at the latest round, at Magny-Cours. So his coronation should be a formality this weekend, barring disaster. But Sykes also knows how even the most-padded lead can vanish. Max Biaggi retired and finished fifth in the two races at the season finale last year, holding off Sykes by just one-half point in the title race.