World Superbike race two was twenty one laps of Magny-Cours on a dry track, but one that's a lot colder than it was on Friday.
Jonathan Rea led Chaz Davies and Tom Sykes, but some early work from Tom Sykes put him in front and Chaz Davies followed him through to second place. Leon Camier lost fourth place to Michael van der Mark but the two would not be separated for some time.
After a fastest lap on the second lap and a lap record on the third, Tom Sykes extracted a one second gap from Chaz Davies and Jonathan Rea who in turn had over two seconds from Michael van der Mark, Leon Camier and Lorenzo Savadori.
On the fifth lap, Jonathan Rea tried a few passes on Chaz Davies, succeeding at the Imola chicane, staring at over a second gap to his teammate in the lead. Four laps later, Rea had closed the gap to Tom Sykes and had brought Davies with him, but once the Kawasakis were together, the pair stretched out a lead from the Ducati of Davies, peaking at a second and a half at half race distance. Davies just had to race his own pace and hope that the Kawasakis would start flagging. As the leading pair started losing a couple of tenths here and there, Davies retained his consistency and slowly reeled them in.
As this metronomic fight continued at the front, Leon Camier finally found a way past Michael van der Mark, passing in the last section and snatching fourth place before the line. Over the next three laps, he would break the Dutchman and spin out a second, then two, to secure his fourth place.
Jonathan Rea never lost sight of Tom Sykes after latching on to him, matching his teammate and maintaining a gap of under four tenths of a second for several laps, but unable to pass. Six laps from the end, Davies had caught Sykes and Rea. With only four tenths of a second covering the three bikes, something had to give. Rea would have to make a move on Sykes.
Chaz Davies had spent several laps knowing that there were only two ways to pass either bike and they were wait for a mistake or force a pass. Luckily, an opportunity arose.
Jonathan Rea passed Tom Sykes on the brakes into the hairpin but left enough of a gap for Sykes to force his way back. In doing so, the Englishman pushed the Northern Irishman wide and Chaz Davies saw the only chance he'd had to pass and he spent as much tyre as he could to pass both Kawasakis and to boldly take the lead from third place.
A lap later, as Davies was trying to break away, at the same location, the stretch into the Adelaide hairpin, Rea pulled alongside Sykes, the teammates touching knees as they entered the corner, and Rea matched Sykes on the brakes to take the inside line cleanly with second place as his reward. Davies continued his pace, his tyres not letting him down for the second race in a row, and crossed the line over two seconds clear of the championship battle behind him.
Chaz Davies took the double victory in France, ahead of Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes. Leon Camier held on to fourth place, almost two seconds clear of fifth-placed Michael van der Mark. Jonathan Rea extended his championship lead to forty eight points over Tom Sykes but Chaz Davies remains in mathematical contention thirty three points further back, eighty one points from the title leader. One hundred points remain up for grabs.
|1||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati Panigale R|
|2||1||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10R||2.091|
|3||66||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10R||2.586|
|4||2||L. CAMIER||MV Agusta 1000 F4||9.154|
|5||60||M. VAN DER MARK||Honda CBR1000RR SP||11.020|
|6||32||L. SAVADORI||Aprilia RSV4 RF||16.062|
|7||81||J. TORRES||BMW S1000 RR||18.242|
|8||50||S. GUINTOLI||Yamaha YZF R1||18.951|
|9||69||N. HAYDEN||Honda CBR1000RR SP||19.099|
|10||12||X. FORÉS||Ducati Panigale R||24.627|
|11||25||J. BROOKES||BMW S1000 RR||31.514|
|12||21||M. REITERBERGER||BMW S1000 RR||35.665|
|13||40||R. RAMOS||Kawasaki ZX-10R||51.053|
|14||15||A. DE ANGELIS||Aprilia RSV4 RF||54.239|
|15||76||M. LAGRIVE||Kawasaki ZX-10R||59.954|
|16||17||K. ABRAHAM||BMW S1000 RR||1'12.959|
|17||4||G. VIZZIELLO||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'18.008|
|18||56||P. SEBESTYÉN||Yamaha YZF R1||1'19.245|
|19||22||A. LOWES||Yamaha YZF R1||1'27.462|
|20||57||A. PLANCASSAGNE||Yamaha YZF R1||1 Lap|
|21||10||I. TÓTH||Yamaha YZF R1||1 Lap|
|RET||11||S. AL SULAITI||Kawasaki ZX-10R||8 Laps|
|RET||94||M. LUSSIANA||BMW S1000 RR||11 Laps|
|RET||99||L. SCASSA||Ducati Panigale R|