Richard Wren - 2005 Rider Profile
The newest recruit to the Virgin Mobile Samsung
squad and to the British Superbike paddock is London-based
Richard Wren, who like team-mate Hill, graduated
to the premier class after being crowned 2004 Virgin
Mobile R6 Cup Champion in September.
The 22-year-old's racing career commenced in 1990,
when he started competing in local motocross competitions
on a Kawasaki KX60. The youngster quickly made a
name for himself and was crowned the ACU Kent Junior
Champion the following year.
Experiencing regular success, Wren soon found himself
competing against the best young riders in Europe.
In 1995, his achievements were recognised by Tower
Hamlets Sports Council and he was the recipient
of the Junior Male award at the annual sports awards.
In 1996, Wren represented England and won the Irish
Youth International Championship in Dublin - on
a borrowed bike!
Two years later Wren decided to concentrate his
efforts on road racing and spent the following two
years raising sponsorship. In 2000 his hard work
paid off and he was able to compete in the CB 500
Super Cup. However, bad luck struck a month into
his campaign; he crashed out at Mallory Park's Devil's
Elbow nearly loosing his right hand as a result.
However, like many riders Wren underwent extensive
surgery and after 12 months of gruelling physiotherapy
he returned to the CB500 class where he finished
second in the Championship.
Wren spent one more year at club level before racing
in the Bemsee MRO Supersport 600 Championship in
2003. Once again, Wren put in an admirable effort
and despite competing on a five-year-old Yamaha
he finished an impressive second.
At the beginning of last year, Wren signed up to
the Virgin Mobile R6 Cup with one aim in mind, to
win and to become the third member of the Virgin
Mobile Samsung team. "I knew that it would be the
best chance I ever had of making a name for myself."
said Wren. "With a once in a lifetime opportunity
to prove myself in the British bike racing world,"
Wren did exactly that; and knows that this year
all eyes will be on him as he looks to follow in
the footsteps of the ever-talented Tommy Hill.
"I can't wait to ride in the Superbike class, it's
what every ambitious British racer dreams of. I
know that everyone will be comparing me to Tommy
and I can only hope that I do as good a job," reflects
Wren. "Over the past season Tom has become a good
mate and we chat a lot about the team, how it operates
and what to expect, which is great. It's hard to
believe that two seasons ago I was racing in MRO
600 class and in March I will be lining up on the
BSB grid for real!"
Born: 30 July 1982
Lives: Poplar, London
Height: 6' 0"
First Road-race: Donington Park, 2000
Favourite track: Brands Hatch, GP
Favourite race: Virgin Mobile R6 Cup, Cadwell
Ambition: "To be the best in whatever championship
I compete in.