Chaz Davies admitted to having one eye on the world championship as he rode home to a safe runner up spot in Sunday's second World Superbike encounter in Magny-Cours.

Troubled by choosing the wrong set-up in race one, Davies' felt as though he "was riding on ice" as he passed Matteo Baiocco on the final lap to salvage sixth place on a drying track.

In the second, Davies was locked in the victory fight with Jonathan Rea for half the race until the Northern Irishman began to edge clear for his 14th victory of the year.

With Tom Sykes fading behind, Davies stated he thought of the championship standings and his current fight with the Kawasaki man for second overall as reason for not taking too many risks.

"In race two I had decent pace but, also considering the general standings, I chose not to take too many risks trying to catch Rea. When I saw Sykes start to drop back a little, I decided to focus on scoring second position.

"In race 1 on the other hand we got the set-up wrong, not managing to change back to a wet set-up from a dry one in time. It was like riding on ice and I did all I could to bring it home in sixth."

Davies' seventh top-two finish from the past eight races leaves him twelve points clear of Sykes in the fight for second with just two races remaining.

"Anyway I'm pleased with the weekend, both for the fact that this is my first podium at Magny-Cours and also because we head to Qatar with an advantage of 16 points over Tom.

"He's always been strong here in France and I actually thought I might lose more points here today; so it's gone well and now we can focus on the final round."



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