Ten Kate Yamaha Motonext project develops first industry-use product

Ten Kate Racing's Motonext project has developed its first product for industrial use, but it is not for a Yamaha R6, or even for motorcycles at all.

Motonext shower basin

The Ten Kate Racing Yamaha team’s Motonext project has entered its third phase one year ahead of schedule.

The project began in 2022, when the team’s then rider Dominique Aegeter ran a fairing made of sustainable materials on his Yamaha R6 WorldSSP machine in Barcelona. The project advanced earlier this year with sustainable materials used in brake pads and the recycling of engine oil, and is now in its third phase.

This involves the development of bio flax shower cabins, which Ten Kate says are able to replace traditional polyester versions.

The original plan for the project was to have a industry-ready product by the end of 2024, but the announcement of the new bio flax shower cabins means that it is one year ahead of schedule. 

Ronald Ten Kate – owner Ten Kate Racing: “For several reasons I am super proud of the results of the Motonext project. Whereas racing always had a major role in the development or application of new materials or techniques (ABS, Traction Control, Carbon composites etc.), this has become less so in recent years. We wanted Motonext to fill this vacuum.

“The current modern internal combustion engine and racing with it is not yet written off as long as we keep developing with the possibilities of our time. In addition, we wanted to develop technology and/or products that can also be used outside the motorbike racing world. We have succeeded in both these objectives and that too within a short time frame, from idea to product within 3 years!

“In the short term, more products will be launched that originated from Motonext, the wheels are getting rolling. Needless to say, I would also like to thank all our partners for their passionate commitment during the development of the new technologies and materials.”

Ten Kate Racing says that the next targets for the project are to reduce energy consumption for tyre warming, and to reduce noise levels without a cost in power.

Ten Kate Racing is next in action in the Supersport World Championship next weekend at the Aragon round of WorldSBK.

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