Loris Baz has labelled the second World Superbike Championship race at Misano as the best of his career after soaking up intense pressure from Marco Melandri before denying any suggestion of team orders to not attack Tom Sykes for victory.

The Frenchman has been under scrutiny between races after being involved in a collision with Kawasaki team-mate Tom Sykes in Malaysia and would emerge as the closest contender to the British rider in both races at Misano.

However, though Baz rallied during the opening half of race one, he would eventually settle into a distant second place before playing down any suggestion that inter-team politics were a factor in him not challenging Sykes.

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"I was doing my best," he said. "If I could have won that race I would have won it. We are only the middle of the championship and I still have a chance to win. It wasn't any strategy from the team; we were just doing our best. Of course it's better for the team if I'm between him and the Aprilia - it's the same way if I win it's better he's [Sykes] in front of the others."

The second race was a closer affair as Melandri did his all to break the Kawasaki domination after Sykes had stretched a commanding lead out at the front. Melandri tried to pass Baz on three occasions into turns one and two on laps 19 and 20.

Nonetheless Baz managed to resist his advances and with some clever defensive riding on the final lap brought his ZX-10R home for his second runner up spot of the day, his seventh of the season.

"We didn't change a lot. It was really fast race one and race two was the same. It was a really nice race. It was probably the best I've ever done, fighting with Marco until the last corner. I think everybody knows how many races he won on the last lap. I enjoyed it a lot.

"I didn't know what to do because I know if he was behind me for 21 laps he had all the time to check where I was less fast than him and to check a place to overtake me."

"I tried my best to brake really hard everywhere and close the door. On the last lap I was closing the line. He tried a few moves and it was close but it was a nice race. I think people enjoy it on the TV, it was a good show."

The result was the third time the Kawasaki pair finished first and second in both races, a feat never achieved by team-mates in team-green colours before 2014. It's a result that Baz believes shows the ZX-10R's strengths.

"It was a good race and I think everybody is happy in the team. David [Salom] won both races, Tom won both races and I think it's the third time we do it this season. That shows the bike is going very well, the team is working good."