2009 TT best Newcomer Ben Wylie has secured a berth alongside Carl Rennie with the Phase One Team for their roads campaign. Wylie was impressive in 2009 , both in the 600 and Superstock categories, and will move up to the premier class this year on the Team’s Superbikes.
Yamaha Phase One Manager Russell Benney enthused, “Ever since working with Ben in the Shell Endurance Academy Team in 2005, I have been impressed with his determination and grit. My challenge will be to help him channel that enthusiasm and to focus it on race success . Some of the skills he learnt in World Endurance will be drawn on this season. To be safe and competitive on the roads, he is going to need the ability to maintain extremely high levels of concentration for long periods; just like in the Le mans 24 hours race. He will also need a high level of physical fitness and must be mentally prepared.” .
Ben Wylie’s reaction to his Phase One ride: “I’m delighted to be back with the old team and I’m determined to build on the results I had in my debut year at the TT. Riding the Superbike at the Northwest200 is going to be awesome, I can’t wait!”
A team insider said, “We were really pleased to hear that Ben was back; ever a prankster and great fun to have around. He will learn a lot from Carl and with no pressure on him , should perform well.”
Wylie will contest the Senior, Superbike and 600 races on the Team’s machines and starts testing at Albacete on 15/16 March.