Jonathan Rea described his 13th and 14th World Superbike victories of 2015 as a "double bonus" considering they came in typically contrasting conditions at Magny-Cours.

The recently crowned world champion returned to winning ways in a damp race one, expertly reeling in Tom Sykes despite being over three seconds down at one stage, to stand on the podium after missing out for the first time all year in Jerez.

As conditions improved after lunch, Rea eased away from Chaz Davies to take his fifth double victory of the season and equal Troy Bayliss' impressive haul of 14 victories in a single season.

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"I am super-happy, especially to win in the wet and the dry. It was a double bonus," said Rea. "It was tough because I came here off the back of being really busy after winning the title in Jerez so I did not get too much down time, and my typical training week was out of the window."

While Pirelli didn't bring Rea's favoured SC2 front tyre compound to Jerez, its return at Magny-Cours instantly gave the Northern Irishman a better feeling, and contributed to a superior race two pace.

"When I got back here it was just so important to me to get back on the podium. Pirelli brought my favourite SC2 front tyre and immediately from the first session I felt really comfortable again.

"I am really happy to have come out and not just have two podium finishes but a double win at a circuit I have never won at before."