Top TT newcomer Ben Wylie will race around the Isle of Man Mountain Circuit this year, it has been confirmed.
Wylie will ride alongside Carl Rennie in the Phase One Team at both the TT and North West 200.
The former British Supersport, British Superstock and World Endurance campaigner impressed on his TT debut last year in both the 600cc and Superstock classes, ending the festival as top newcomer.
At the 2010 TT he will race the Yamaha team’s Supersport bikes, but will also take control of the 1000cc machine for the Superbike and Senior TT races.
Phase One Manager Russell Benney said:
“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.”
A team insider added:
“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.”