Rea clinches French double

Jonathan Rea secured race win number 14 of this season as the top four in the Championship dominated proceedings in Race 2 at Magny-Cours.

It was slick tyres all around on a dry Magny-Cours circuit as the final European race of the 2015 WSBK season got underway with pole-sitter Leon Haslam taking the early lead.

As fans have come to expect this season, it was the battle of the Brits at the front between Haslam, Rea, Chaz Davies and Tom Sykes.

Rea continued his bullish form from earlier as he forced Haslam wide with the Aprilia rider having to sit up, which cost him ground. Laps later it was Sykes who got the nudge from his team-mate as the new World Champion refused to give an inch.

But while Rea was the one forcing the moves, it was Davies who dived up into the lead, a position he held until the midway point of the race when Rea took over at the front.

With five to go the Kawasaki World Champ was able to put some distance between himself and Davies as he extended his advantage to over a second for the first time.

Breaking the rider's challenge, Rea romped to his 14th win of this season and his second on the day by 2.8s. Sykes finished in third place in a race where once again he was not able to maintain the pace in the second half.

Michael van der Mark was the best of the non-British riders as he brought his Pata Honda home in fourth place ahead of Haslam and Sylvain Guintoli.

Niccolo Canepa and Jordi Torres completed the top eight.

1 REA Jonathan Kawasaki ZX-10R
2 DAVIES Chaz Ducati Panigale R +2.848
3 SYKES Tom Kawasaki ZX-10R 6.551
4 VD MARK Michael Honda CBR1000RR SP 10.202
5 HASLAM Leon Aprilia RSV4 RF 12.921
6 GUINTOLI Sylvain Honda CBR1000RR SP 19.885
7 CANEPA Niccolò Ducati Panigale R 24.248
8 TORRES Jordi Aprilia RSV4 RF 27.248
9 SCASSA Luca Ducati Panigale R 29.220
10 LOWES Alex Suzuki GSX-R1000 32.799
11 BAIOCCO Matteo Ducati Panigale R 37.183
12 MERCADO Leandro Ducati Panigale R 37.347
13 REITERBERGER Markus     BMW S1000 RR 43.676
14 SALOM David Kawasaki ZX-10R 45.943
15 CAMIER Leon MV Agusta F4 RR 47.982
16 RAMOS Román Kawasaki ZX-10R 59.663
17 VIZZIELLO Gianluca Kawasaki ZX-10R 75.160
18 DE PUNIET Randy Suzuki GSX-R1000 75.533
19 PONSSON Christophe Kawasaki ZX-10R 95.502
20 RIZMAYER Gábor BMW S1000 RR 1 Lap
21 TOTH Imre BMW S1000 RR 1 Lap
22 PHILLIS Alex Kawasaki ZX-10R 2 Laps
RT BADOVINI Ayrton BMW S1000 RR 11 Laps
RT SZKOPEK Pawel Yamaha YZF R1 12 Laps