Tom Sykes has reiterated the fact that he will not ask his team to enact team orders to help him overhaul Chaz Davies for second position in the World Superbike championship.

Coming into Magny-Cours, Sykes trails the Welshman by 22 points and despite claiming a comprehensive win in the first encounter, he still lost ground overall as a tyre problem limited him to fifth in race two.

The Yorkshire rider ended the first day of free practice third overall, 0.3s off team-mate Jonathan Rea's fastest time of the day.

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When asked by Dorna's Steve Day on the official World Superbike website whether we could expect to see Rea help Sykes in the upcoming four races, Sykes smiled, "Here we go!

"I won't ask for any help just because as a rider you're opening a can of worms. You open yourself up to a lot of criticism. Mainly it's criticism from people that don't have an idea at all. That's the team's decision. Like it was last year, the team make a decision and it's down to the riders to cooperate with that. But at the moment nothing has been said.

"From the first laps this morning I felt quite comfortable on the ZX-10R. We learn quite a bit in the race and the testing at Jerez so at the moment all is on a good way. There a few other guys showing great speed and we need to try to react to that."

Quizzed on his thoughts on riding in the rain around a circuit that usually suffers from adverse weather, Sykes feels he is currently more comfortable on the bike in the wet than this time a year ago.

"If you asked me this twelve months ago I would have said yes but we've worked hard. We're a lot better now. Whether we're perfect is another question but we're certainly a lot stronger than this time last year in the wet. At this moment I'm quite relaxed about the matter."