Jonathan Rea says he leaves Magny-Cours satisfied having opened his World Superbike title advantage by an extra point over Tom Sykes to move to 48 points ahead with two rounds remaining.

The defending World Superbike champion was involved in a tense battle with his team-mate for the lead but after the pair went wide at the turn five hairpin it enabled Chaz Davies to sneak through.

Turning attention to securing as many points in the championship tussle Rea grabbed second place ahead of Sykes and coupled with the pair's race one results the Northern Irish rider has chalked up another point to his lead over the race weekend.

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Focusing on the fine margins which can define title races, Rea is thrilled to keep hold of his healthy advantage at the top and now hold a strong shot of sealing a second world title with a round to spare at Jerez.

"I tried to plan my pass on Tom because he is strong right now and he is hard to pass at the best of times," Rea said. "When I overtook under braking, unfortunately it let Chaz come past us. Then I had to try to pass Tom again but already the gap to Chaz was too much.

"Maybe I spent too much time behind Tom but he is riding so well. I am happy with my race because, today, second place was the best I could do and I am happy with the way I rode.

"We need to improve the bike set-up in some areas but all things considered I am happy with the result. It is a 48-point gap now and it is nice to extend the championship lead, if by one point after Lausitzring last time and by another single point here.

"Championships can be won by a point so every one of them is important. If we can just have a clean end to the season hopefully we can do the job."