Chaz Davies praised a "solid" first day of World Superbike free practice at Magny-Cours as he posted the second fastest time.

The winner of four of the last six races, Davies lapped the French circuit a quarter of a second slower than recently crowned champion Jonathan Rea.

However, the Welshman is looking ahead to Sunday's two races and spent the day focusing on honing his more "complete" Ducati package for race distance.

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"I'm fairly pleased with how today went," said Davies, second overall in the championship standings. "I've always had a bit of a strange time here at Magny-Cours in the past, for some reason it's never gone smooth, but today we've made a good start and I hope that we can continue on like this tomorrow. Today's been solid and we're in the mix.

"We've continued with the work carried out at the Jerez test, also concentrating on tyre selection but the conditions here are different," he told the official World Superbike website. "It's pretty cold. We're still sussing out the tyre situation, seeing what's the best for 20 laps, not three laps.

"I think we got a good hand on that today but we've also done bits of chassis work. We've still got work to do, I'd like to improve my bike's turning a little more for example, but I'm happy with the progress made today.

"I just want to continue this positive trend we've been on in terms of results and being competitive at every track. Going into next year we want to know we can be on the pace at every track. After Laguna, we knew I've always gone well there and the Ducatis also work well. That was always going to be a good match.

"Going into Sepang I was a bit, 'Let's see how this goes'. The last place we had raced like that was Buriram and that was a disaster. We came away from there [Sepang] with a second and a win. Then Jerez I'd never won there in the past. It's all going going in the right direction and the thing for 2016 is to know we don't have any limiting factors any more, it's a more complete package."