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Jonathan Rea showed he is unwilling to rest on his laurels by ending both Friday's World Superbike free practice sessions inside the top two, topping the latter by a comfortable quarter of a second.

The Northern Irishman wrapped up the title with five races to spare in Jerez but after missing the podium in both races, Rea was quickly up to speed, his late time of 1m 37.750s close to three tenths faster than Chaz Davies.

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The top three were covered by less than half a tenth in FP1, but Rea's late time ensured he was the first and only man to dip into the 1m 37s, his final lap a full two tenths under Tom Sykes' two-year old lap record.

Indeed the session was set to mirror the events of the morning, as the top three sat in a compact triumvirate until Davies and Rea's late times.

Fastest in the morning, Tom Sykes ended the day third overall, a mere 0.029s slower than Davies, the man he is aiming to catch and pass for second in the championship standings.

Leon Haslam was a full half second of Rea's best come the end of the session, having started strongly. The Englishman was the first to improve, bettering his morning time on his first flying lap.

Behind, Alex Lowes made it an all-British top five as he edged his Suzuki to within 0.64s of P1, the Englishman suffering from gearshift issues in the afternoon. Niccolo Canepa maintained his morning speed a place back after falling at the precarious turn 15.

A disappointing twelfth in the morning, Jordi Torres showed clear signs of adaption to the Magny-Cours layout. The Spaniard ended the day seventh overall, ahead of the Ducati duo of Matteo Baiocco and Luca Scassa, despite an off-track moment at the fast turn two.

Although he started the day well, Sylvain Guintoli was unable to capitalise on his morning placing of fifth. The only man inside the top fifteen not to improve on his best time from FP1, the Frenchman eventually slipped to twelfth overall, behind Ayrton Badovini and Leandro Mercado.