Rea unrepentant in team-mate tussle

Jonathan Rea was unapologetic as he twice nudged his team-mate Tom Sykes on his way to the race wins at Magny-Cours on Sunday.

Closing in on Sykes on a damp track in Race 1, Rea made his move at the Nurburg chicane and forced his team-mate to sit up.

It was more of the same later in the day on a dry track as he barged through to take a position off the Englishman before hunting down Chaz Davies.

Rea, though, proved that it wasn't just his team-mate he didn't mind rubbing shoulders as earlier he had pulled a similar robust move on Leon Haslam.

Asked about his passes, the Ulsterman said: "I wanted to get to the front and just do my rhythm.

"I was getting some passes on me as well and I was getting a bit frustrated.

"When I went to pass my team-mate like in Race 1 again I didn't have very much space and he can up across the top."

Once up to second in Race 2, Rea chased down Davies to take the lead and the victory.

It was his 14th race win of this season and his fifth double.

He continued: "When Chaz was in the front, he was setting a really good rhythm but my bike was much faster in the straights and in the corners I was trying to save the tyres a bit more using him as a gauge.

"Then when I got to the front I had three laps to make it count and when I got half a second then I was able to manage.

"I am really, really happy.

"We have worked so hard to get a package to work in the dry and it really paid off today.

"Race 1 was a bit of a lottery but we made the perfect setting choice so a massive thanks to them for this double."