Tom Sykes says the hand he injured in his clash with team-mate Loris Baz is 'slowly improving' as he looks to build on his shortened World Superbike Championship lead at Misano.

Returning to the calendar after a sabbatical in 2013, the Marco Simoncelli World Circuit in Italy represents a challenge for the Kawasaki team, Sykes pointing out that its 'small' layout prevents him from getting the ZX-10R 'rolling'.

Nonetheless, Sykes - who saw his WSBK lead reduced to 13 points after his costly exit with Baz at Sepang -, is certain he can get the Kawasaki working regardless, but admits there remains a question mark over his hand.

"Misano, in general, is a circuit with quite a few corners and is built on a smaller scale than some others. Kawasaki and myself have worked hard to develop a Ninja ZX10R that can be competitive on a mixture of circuits. We have proven that. In the combination of myself, the bike and the team I feel confident that we can be competitive anywhere.

"My hand is slowly improving and we are back on track this weekend, so we will see how we go for the races on Sunday. I will have a good chat with my crew chief Marcel on Thursday at Misano and we will see how I we can arrive at the best possible race scenario on Sunday.

"Misano is not the most enjoyable layout as a rider because it is very small and there is not so much room to let the Ninja ZX-10R get rolling. It is the same for everybody, however, and I feel have ridden well there in the past. Will try to ride well there once more this weekend."

Last time out at Misano in 2012, Sykes qualified on pole position but finished fourth and seventh