Ben Wylie, Bimota YB4
When the idea of the Classictt superbike class was first mooted back in 2014, Cheshire based Ben Wylie knew he’d be on the grid.
“At that time the rules favoured one bike, the Bimota YB4. My friend Constantine and I thought the Bim was good enough to win, so we bought this one. It came from Bulgaria and was in a right state, so it got a complete rebuild from the wheels up.”
Ben’s hunch that the Rimini-builtyamaha would be competitive proved right and he took the bike to a ninth place first time out in 2015. He’s campaigned it every year since but the class has got a lot tougher with ZXRS and XR69 replicas now in the mix.
“We didn’t get much practice this year because of the weather.then we blew a motor and had to run a stock engine so we were down on power. My best lap on it so far has been 117mph; this year I did 114mph.the handling reminds me of an R6 – it’s really agile and makes up time on the big stuff through the twistier parts of the course.”
A flat battery forced Ben to retire from the race. Fuel injection is on the cards for next year and maybe a 120mph lap.
“THE HANDLING REMINDS ME OF AN R6 – IT’S REALLY AGILE AND MAKES UP TIME ON THE BIG STUFF THROUGH THE TWISTIER PARTS”
From Rimini to the IOM via Bulgaria, this YB4 was the thing to have until ZXRS and XR69S arrived
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