Loris Baz has played down his tight tussle with Tom Sykes in the opening World Superbike Championship race after losing out on victory to his team-mate at Donington Park.

Baz led the majority of the opening race, only to be reeled in by a charging Sykes in the closing stages, the pair proceeding to embark on several swaps of the lead as they went up against each other.

Despite more than one close moment between the Kawasaki pair, Baz insists the racing was 'on the limit', yet clean.

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"I was happy to be on the podium in race one not disappointed not to win it. I led for some time and I tried to get away. That was the target and I made a good start. I could not make it stick and I could not get away. I tried my best to pass Tom back where I could but I almost lost the front.

"It was a good race and I am happy for the team. It was clean passing but I just lost the front when I passed Tom. We are racing and on the limit."

Going on to finish in second place behind Sykes once again, though Baz was disappointed to miss out on a victory, he was pleased to ensure that Kawasaki has established a commanding lead overall.

"In race two it was almost the same as race one in that Tom was just too fast in the second part of the race. I could not do anything about that but it was a rewarding day and it is good to leave here 1-2 in the championship with Tom. We can all have a big smile on our faces."