Ten Kate Yamaha: The Eco Project pays off / Supersport World Championship

Ten Kate Yamaha: The Eco Project pays off / Supersport World Championship

The Supersport Ten Kate team got a bit of a laugh when they presented the Motonext project, but the initiative to make racing more sustainable has now resulted in products that can be bought.

Since 2021, the Ten Kate Racing supersport team has been working with other partners on sustainable products and techniques for racing and beyond. However, the project in the Superbike area was not presented to the public until 2022 and the Dutch initially had to endure ridicule from their peers.

Some jokes were justified. The covering, made from vegetable fibers, had obvious weaknesses. “In 2021 we had organic performances on our motorcycle. When the first rain fell it was soft and we laughed. We just have to plant our pots in the ground somewhere,” smiles team manager Kervin Bos about the obstacles in the early stages.

But a solution was found to this problem and several Yamaha R6s are now racing in the world championship with a windshield made of organic linen reinforced with environmentally friendly resin. Four competing teams have chosen this format. “We have already sold out fifty shows,” revealed Bos “Motorsport is not a clean sport, but we have been able to make a step towards green farming.”

Race-tested materials are now also used in motorhome shower trays!

It has been shown that by using plant products, CO₂ emissions in the production of racing parts and in racing can be reduced by almost 80 percent. Brake discs and fairings, which are currently made of carbon and polyester, can also be replaced with materials containing fiber. strong plants.

Ten Kate has also taken up the cause of resource-saving use of products that cannot be replaced in the past. After training and racing, engine oil is processed and reused directly on the racetrack, which saves 80 percent of CO2 emissions.