Tom Sykes says he believes Kawasaki team-mate Loris Baz will be on hand to help him secure the 2014 World Superbike Championship title if called upon.

Sykes comes into the final two races looking to defend his WSBK crown for the Japanese manufacturer, the Englishman qualifying ahead of main rival Sylvain Guintoli in third place.

With Baz starting alongside him in second place, Sykes says he is under the impression his team-mate - whom he has had a fractious relationship with at times in 2014 - will abide to team orders should he be required to do so.

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"That is good for myself and Kawasaki," he said. "I think it is clear now it has come to this time of season. Hopefully we won't need to have the team orders. I have had them go against me in the past, so tomorrow we will calculate and react accordingly."

Baz famously fell out with Sykes after being responsible for an accident in Malaysia that eliminated both from the race. However, the Frenchman did cede his third place finish to Sykes last time out in Magny-Cours when instructed to do so by the team.

The issue of team orders in WSBK has been a hot topic in recent weeks after Sykes' rival Guintoli was assisted to victory at Magny-Cours by Marco Melandri in race one, only for the Italian to controversially ignore a similar order to allow Guintoli through in race two.