Rico Penzkofer is aiming for a top ten finish after confirming he will return to the Isle of Man for the 2011 TT races.

The German performed strongly in just his second year competing at the event, with the highlight being a 12th place finish in the Senior TT, lapping at 124.926mph.

After also finishing 17th in the Superbike race, Penzkofer is back for a third crack at the TT, and with BMW machinery underneath him, he will fancy his chances of following in some famous German footsteps.

Georg Meier and Werner Haas have both tasted individual success, with Meier winning the Senior race in 1939, and Haas dominating the Lightweight 250 TT in 1954 while there were no fewer than eight winners in sidecar class through the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

The success has dried up in recent years though, with Peter Rubatto the last German to achieve a top ten finish, back in 1987.

But with the same BMW machinery that he excelled on last year, as well as the backing of the SK Support team, Penzkofer looks well placed to launch a serious assault on the Superbike and Senior events.

Paul Phillips, TT and Motorsport Development Manager, believes he'll be a name to look out for this year.

“Germany has a strong TT tradition and while they have not had much success recently, it's great to see Rico coming through the ranks. I'm sure that he'll add to his country's illustrious TT history if he achieves the results that his talent deserves”.

The former World Endurance race winner will also enter the two Supersport races with Yamaha power, much as he did last year.

The 2011 Isle of Man TT Races fuelled by Monster Energy will mark the centenary of the mountain course, and the action gets underway on Monday 30th May.