Loris Baz insists there was never any intention to defy a call for team orders by Kawasaki to favour Tom Sykes after waiting until the final corner to cede the position to his team-mate.

Baz was running fourth in the first race when Kawasaki issued an instruction for him to drop behind the following Sykes on the last lap, the Frenchman requested to do so in order to aid his team-mate's title challenge.

Seen to be shaking his head as he acknowledged the order, Baz didn't give away the position easily initially before pulling over coming into the final corner chicane to gift Sykes the position ahead of the chequered flag.

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Despite leaving it late, Baz says he would never defy an order from the Kawasaki team that gave him his break in WSBK, which has in turn has led to him being snapped up by Forward Yamaha in MotoGP for 2015.

"About team orders," he wrote on his Facebook page, "it's totally normal that I have done that when the team asked me! I am where I am thanks to Kawasaki, they did a lot for me in 3 years so I had to do it for KAWASAKI! [sic]

Kawasaki's move came as a reaction to Aprilia pulling a similar move with its riders Sylvain Guintoli and Marco Melandri further up the road.

Relations have been frayed between Baz and Sykes since the Sepang round of the season when the former eliminated his team-mate after losing the front-end through the opening corner complex. Indeed, the frostiness of their relationship is displayed in a tongue-in-cheek Twitter conversation started by Voltcom Crescent Suzuki's Alex Lowes following the weekend's races