Tom Sykes says he is almost back to full strength after sitting out the Silverstone round of the World Superbike Championship due to an ankle injury.

The Kawasaki rider was forced to miss his home race after hurting himself in an accident during free practice, but the lengthy summer break has given him sufficient time to make a full recovery.

As such, Sykes is confident heading to the Nurburgring after enjoying a successful meeting aboard a Kawasaki ZX-10R that was nearing the end of its life cycle in 2010. Indeed, a top five finish last year means Sykes has high hopes of a similarly strong performance on the new ZX-10R this year.

"My ankle is getting stronger all the time, so I will be ready for Germany. The N?rburgring is definitely one of my favourite circuits - one of two or three I particularly like on the current calendar. It is quite unique in some ways. It goes up and down a lot, it is quite flowing and I like those sections where the corners roll into each other.

"When you get the 'Schumacher S' right-hander nailed it is very rewarding as a rider. Also, in the fifth gear right kink you can make up quite a bit of time. That part takes quite a bit of courage in some ways and the circuit in general lends itself to my style of riding a bit more than some. I hope I can pick up where we left off before my injury at Silverstone."