Joerg Teuchert Wed, 28 Sep 2022 13:05:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Joerg Teuchert 32 32 KTM RC390 GP Edition Vs TVS Apache RR 310 BTO compared in six photos Wed, 28 Sep 2022 11:41:14 +0000

The KTM RC390 and TVS Apache RR 310 are motorcycles designed to handle the race track and also serve the streets. KTM recently introduced the RC390 in a “GP Edition” that sports its satellite team orange and black colorways. On the other hand, we have the TVS Apache RR 310 BTO (Built To Order), the bikemaker’s sportiest Apache with a racing livery and top-of-the-line hardware. So here’s a quick look at the bike that looks like a trail racer.


KTM’s new design philosophy for the RC motorcycle line was inspired by its MotoGP RC16 bike. While the appeal of the design divided the room, its functionality on the track unlocked even more supersport potential.

The Apache RR 310 BTO, on the other hand, looks identical to the standard RR 310 but gets a sportier livery to set it apart. That said, although the design has been around for a while now, the Apache is a fine looking machine.

This livery finally incorporates the visual elements that we believe would give the RC390 a striking appeal. A prime example is the smoked windshield and blacked-out frame and exhaust.

The Apache goes for a starker red and white racing theme with hints of blue to help the bold Apache moniker stand out even more. If the two bikes are parked next to each other, despite the bright orange, the RC390 would be considered more subtle.

Compared to the stock paint scheme, decals from RC’s GP racing sponsors like Akrapovic, WP, Motorex and others enhance its racing pedigree.

TVS has ensured that the Apache is a mobile billboard showcasing its illustrious racing heritage. There is also a generous spread of “TVS racing” and “race-spec” decals throughout the bike.

Honestly speaking, both bikes look like a race bike: loud and ostentatious. Ironically, if you want something subtle, the KTM would be our suggestion. But if you prefer a sporty, local trail bike, check out the Apache in BTO form.

With the updated RC390 earning more points for now being a well-balanced bike, the sport-touring champion – the Apache RR 310 – is feeling the heat. To see which is the best all-around supersport, Check out this full comparison review of the two bikes.

World Tourism Day 2022: Odisha Tourism organizes a super bike rally Tue, 27 Sep 2022 15:49:27 +0000

Bhubaneswar, 27th September: A super bike rally was organized by Odisha Tourism from Infocity Square to Dhauli Shanti Stupa on the occasion of World Tourism Day 2022.

The rally was reported by Police Commissioner SK Priyadarshi with Tourism Director Sachin R. Jadhav in the presence of Convenor Odisha Super Riders Devjyoti Patnaik.

With over 150 super cyclists participating, the rally culminated at Dhauli Shanti Stupa where an occasional event was held to promote cycling community road trips as part of a tourism initiative.

A special message from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was read by the Director of Tourism. With “Rethinking Tourism” being the global theme set by UNWTO for the World Tourism Day celebrations, the Chief Minister’s message highlighted various initiatives taken by the government towards the development of key tourist destinations through an integrated master plan.

“These projects have scope for community participation and the incorporation of sustainable value-added businesses to promote local handicrafts and crafts, cuisine and culture, among others,” he said.

A special ‘Unexplored Odisha’ guidebook has been launched by Tourism Minister Ashwini Kumar Patra. This guide along with the state tourist map features Odisha’s hidden tourist gems for travelers to explore.

On behalf of the Ministry of Tourism, a cultural program was organized by the Paryatan Bibhaga Sanskrutika Parishad today evening at Bhanj Kala Mandap, Bhubaneswar.

Motorcycle carnage reaches highest level in 5 years Mon, 26 Sep 2022 22:08:11 +0000

Police are targeting reckless motorcyclists after five motorcyclists were killed and 47 seriously injured in Greater Dandenong, Casey and Cardinia so far this year.

This is the highest number of serious and fatal motorcycle accidents in the Southeast for five years.

And most were “completely avoidable,” according to Highway Patrol police.

Starting Tuesday, September 27, Operation Blackwire will target motorcyclists’ reckless behavior, impaired driving, speeding, failure to obey traffic signs and failure to wear protective gear with the aim reduce road trauma in Greater Dandenong, Casey and Cardinia.

During the blitz, local Highway Patrol members, supported by individual units, will conduct proactive, intelligence-led patrols in areas where motorcyclists are most at risk and most active.

Dandenong Highway Patrol Senior Sergeant David Hewatt said police would have an enhanced presence targeting reckless behavior by motorcyclists, removing dangerous riders and their bikes from the roads.

“Motorcyclists represent less than 10% of road users in the region, but they are responsible for 36% of lives lost this year.

“This is a 78% increase in the number of motorcyclists killed in the region compared to the five-year average. Unfortunately, most of these incidents were completely preventable.

Sen Sgt Hewatt said speeding, refusing to yield right of way and dangerous overtaking are among the reckless and dangerous actions that cost lives on the road.

He urged all drivers and drivers to remain alert, make safe decisions while driving their vehicles and keep the safety of vulnerable road users in mind.

“It’s never been easier to tell someone that their loved one will never come home or to the hospital badly injured.

“Do not be careless with your life and the lives of others.”

Equipped with automatic license plate recognition technology, members of the Highway Patrol will also steer clear of unregistered drivers.

Francesco Guidotti praises the performances of the KTM riders at Motegi: “Superb race by Miguel Oliveira; Amazing work by Brad Binder’ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 11:50:21 +0000

KTM probably had one of the most competitive weekends this season. The Austrian manufacturer saw Brad Binder succeed in starting for the first time on the front row, in third position, at the same time as Miguel Oliveira started from eighth place. In the end, Binder finished second and Oliveira finished fifth after riding at the bottom of the podium.

In an official statement, Francesco Guidotti – Team Manager of the Red Bull KTM Factory team – praised the results of the two riders and underlined that the results obtained in qualifying allow him to aspire to other objectives in the race.

“Great results here at Motegi and starting from the front row meant we had another good and better qualifying. When we start a race from the front row, we know we can show our potential. Brad took the opportunity to aim for the podium: an incredible job. Also brilliant by Miguel in 5th after pushing for the podium for half a race”.

The Italian also praised the work of the whole team and the decisions made with ‘limited information’:

– It was a strange and demanding weekend with only one dry session on Friday, so the team and engineers did an amazing job and made the right tire choice with little information available. It’s a team result today. The bike is still improving so we are confident in the direction we have taken. Thank you to everyone who has supported us so far

SunLive – A Busy Summer for Motocross and Road Racing Sat, 24 Sep 2022 19:00:00 +0000

Entering the barrel of the first full summer racing season in three years, the Altherm JCR Yamaha motocross and road racing teams are fired up for plenty of track time over the next six months.

Yamaha motorsport director Josh Coppins has been working behind the scenes with the riders to ensure they are prepared and ready to start racing in maximum attack mode from October.

“There is a great feeling within the Altherm JCR Yamaha teams as heading into this season we are all really looking forward to starting again after all the Covid disruptions that everyone has been experiencing for the last couple of years. ”

“We kick off our motocross season with the New Zealand National Junior Motocross Championships in New Plymouth from October 7-9. We have a young and solid team and I am happy with the staff and the drivers we have on board. Not only are we on the verge of doing well at the top of the competition, with Maximus Purvis in MX1, but also, and above all, the development of the group is going in the right direction.

“We have Brodie Connolly coming up through the ranks in MX2 and our youngest team member Cole Davies racing in the MX125cc class. The team is excited to get going and it feels like our strongest roster ever. Saying that, we understand that it’s sport and anything can happen, so we have the pulse and we’ll keep working hard,” Coppins said.

Yamaha YZ250F of Altherm JCR Yamaha motocross rider Brodie Connolly. Photo: provided.

Yamaha YZ450 rider, Mangakino’s Purvis is clear about his goals for the 2022/2023 competition. “My goals for the season are to be fit and ready to go. I want to stay consistent throughout the Nationals and try to stay on the podium every round,” he said.

Tauranga’s Connolly has the 2022/2023 MX2 Championship trophy in sight and rides his YZ250F three times a week “doing motos and speed work” to supplement his off-bike training regimen. He will make his Motocross of Nations debut in Michigan, USA at the end of this month, where he will race in the MX2 class with Team New Zealand.

Davies also has victory on his list of goals and wants to win both the Junior 125cc and 250cc classes at the 2022 Junior National Championships and then back up those results with a first place finish at the New Zealand 125cc Senior Motocross Championship.

The Waitoki-based youngster trained with Yamaha ambassador and former international rider Ben Townley. Davies is looking forward to competing in the dual classes next month before heading to Australia to compete in the Australian Supercross Series from late October.

Townley’s sons, Levi and Jaggar, will also race under the Yamaha Junior Racing team banner in the junior motocross classes.

Coppins says the road racing season is shaping up to be very exciting, with two of the Altherm JCR Yamaha team riders currently racing internationally.

“We have Alastair Hoogenboezem competing in pre-season in Australia and Cormac Buchanan who raced in Europe. They will both come back with a lot of experience and confidence after their overseas campaigns and will really kick off. Jake Lewis joins Cormac in the Altherm Yamaha Racing development team under Steve Lloyd and will race in the Supersport 600 class.”

Altherm Yamaha Racing Team Superbike rider Alastair Hoogenboezem. Photo:

Riding for the top-flight 2022/2023 Altherm Yamaha racing team, Hoogenboezem is heading to Australia to prepare as best he can for the New Zealand Superbike Championship, which starts earlier than usual in December. He has already contested a club round at the Phillip Island GP circuit there and will race the Moto GP round on October 15/16 and the World Superbike/Australian Superbike round on the weekend of November 19/20 on the same track.

“The aim is to take the number 1 plate back from my good mate Mitch Rees, who has had it since I was NZ #1 in 2020. I also want to further develop our new Yamaha YZF-R1M which I haven’t yet doing a national season and flying the Yamaha flag after all the support they gave me,” says Hoogenboezem.

A big change this year is that the New Zealand Superbike Championship (NZSBK) starts in December.

“Normally we start the first weekend of the new year, but with our two big series combined we will be racing from December to March. We will have six rounds of racing, which I believe has never happened before. This means that the Suzuki series that we normally treat as a warm-up for national championships will no longer be our warm-up. We have to be ready to race for national points in December,” Hoogenboezem said.

Buchanan also intends to maximize his summer in New Zealand and returns from his European campaign on November 10 and intends to ride at his home track Teretonga Park, near Invercargill, the following day. He honed his considerable skills at international level in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and FIM JuniorGP, where he contested the Hawkers European Talent Cup, during the New Zealand off-season.

Buchanan will race two NZSBK classes and is aiming for a title defense in the Supersport 300 class and better the lap records he has already broken. “I want to win all the races and have a little fun,” he says.

Moving up to riding a Yamaha YZF-R6 in the Supersport 600 class comes with a different set of goals, he says. “I want to learn as much as I can from the front guys, while being competitive and mixing with them. It’s the best kind of racing I can do before I go back overseas for 2023.”

Buchanan trained in Spain, riding kart tracks, flat tracks and motocross circuits, which made him feel “the fittest I’ve ever been”, he says.

After taking a step up from last year to compete in the 2022 World Junior Championships, he has had a season full of learning but is looking forward to returning home to New Zealand once it is over. . “I am very happy to be back with the whole Altherm JCR Yamaha team and to see all my friends in New Zealand. It’s going to be really fun!” he says.

Rangiora’s Lewis plans to race consistently to finish on the podium, with the ultimate ambition of claiming the 2022/23 New Zealand Supersport 600 Championship trophy.

Among the motocross and road racing schedules, bLUcRU Kids Camps will be held across the country. Coppins says that although the quantity has been reduced, due to the busy racing schedule, “we are working on the quality of the bLUcRU Kids Camps as they grow and improve all the time.”

“I really enjoy this side of our Yamaha activations and being part of the team that works with children at the grassroots level. Seeing the smiles on their faces and watching them learn and progress in their riding over a few days is a real highlight for us as a brand.

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The Yamaha Off-Road Demo Days are suspended until 2023 and will be back bigger and better next year.

For Coppins, his personal and annual highlight is the Yamaha Adventure Ride, led by Townley and his wife Lucy’s company 101 Adventures. Next year it will be held from February 8-11 and will take participants on an off-the-beaten-track journey from Whanganui to Raglan.

“The Yamaha Adventure Ride is my favorite event of the year. Just because Ben and Lucy run it so well and I can just show up and enjoy the ride. I’ve introduced this adventure to many friends over the three years it’s been on and we’re still traveling through stunning parts of New Zealand that you never normally see.

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Croft will echo the sound of yesteryear with Classic Bikes Weekend Sat, 24 Sep 2022 08:36:32 +0000

Croft Autumn Classic Bike Weekend – Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October 2022

The Classic Racing Motorcycle Club make their annual visit to Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire next weekend (1 October & 2nd 2022) with a unique calendar of races, parades and demonstrations of magnificent single-seaters and sidecars that recreate a weekend from the golden age of motor racing from the 1960s to the 1980s.

There will be a wide variety of machines in action from the 1960s and 1970s including iconic UK machines such as Manx Nortons, Matchless G50, BSA Goldstars, AJS 7R, Greeves, Weslakes, Triumph Tridents and BSA Rocket 3.

Among the European manufacturers, there will be examples of the brands Bultaco, Ducati, Moto Guzzi, Benelli and BMW alongside the first Japanese motorcycles from Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha. From the 1980s there would be icons such as P&M Kawasakis, Suzuki GSXRs, Yamaha TZs, Ducati V twins, Honda VFRs and Yamaha FZ750s.

Add to that a diverse array of beautifully curated sidecar outfits powered by engines from BMW, Hillman Imp, Yamaha, BSA, Triumph and Norton and there are all the ingredients to make this a great weekend of classic racing. .

Under the paddock marquee there will be an impressive display of over 50 historic Grand Prix and race bikes, many of which will take to the track on Sunday afternoon to be put through their paces. Among them on track were weekend special guests Charlie Williams and Alex George, who between them won an incredible 11 Isle of Man TT races.

Three of Barry Sheene’s early 1980s Akai-sponsored Yamahas were recently brought in from Australia and restored to full working order, ready for Croft’s Fall Classic Bike Weekend. Be sure to check out the two-time world champion’s pair of TZ750s and a TZ500.

There are over 20 races each day and Sunday’s schedule includes the final rounds of the ACU National Championships. These two races have attracted a superb high quality field which has all the ingredients to provide spectacular races for the title contenders.

Early entries to the meeting include Isle of Man Classic TT winner Dominic Herbertson, Manx GP winner Alan Oversby, two-time British champion Joe Barton, Classic Racer of the Year Ant Hart, ACU Classic champion Rich Molnar and Mark Cronshaw who currently leads this year’s ACU Championship. .

No CRMC race meeting would be complete without sidecars, where there are two races each day with over 20 outfits gathered to battle it out around Yorkshire’s premier racing circuit.

Practice begins at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday followed by races from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Racing resumes at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday and includes the mid-afternoon presentation of the Grand Prix bikes. Adult entry costs £15 in advance or £17 at the door, accompanied children aged 15 and under are admitted free. For more information, please visit or call 01325 721815.

Footnote – Special Guest Information:

Charly Williams

Like many racers living close to the Isle of Man ferry in Liverpool, Charlie, from Chester, was drawn to ‘The Island’ and its TT races where he achieved notable success. Since his first visit in 1971 when he was on the podium of the 250 Production race, the successes have not stopped succeeding. Over the next fourteen years, Charlie started 52 races, winning eight and standing on the podium twelve times. Only a dozen riders in the history of the TT, which now spans 115 years, have won more TTs than Charlie. After a 30 year hiatus, Charlie returned to the Isle of Man to compete one last time in the 2014 Classic TT where he finished in a creditable 9th place in a 1962 Manx Norton. After his competitive career ended, Charlie became a radio presenter and commentator for Manx Radio at the TT races which he worked for for many years.

Alex Georges

Hailing from Glasgow, Alex shot to fame when he won the 1969 Lightweight Manx Grand Prix, which he followed with a stellar career in both TT and Grand Prix circuits when he raced in the Championships of the world. He was tenth in the 500cc class in 1973 but his best year was in 1975 when he finished seventh in the 500cc World Championship with three podiums. He also raced in the F750 World Championship and won three TT races of which his first was in the 1975 production race when he rode the legendary Triumph, Slippery Sam. But perhaps his greatest victory was in the 1979 Classic TT when he beat Mike Hailwood by just 3.4 seconds after six hard-fought laps. His career effectively ended with an accident at the 1982 TT, although he returned to race the 1992 Grand Prix Senior Classic Manx where he finished a creditable 11th in a 500 Manx Norton.

Photos (courtesy Tony Todd/Phil Wain). Classic racing action will be the order of the day at Croft and some of Barry Sheene’s bikes will be on display.


Historical racing bike illustrations: 1972 Laverda 750SFC, in the September issue – Roadracing World Magazine Sat, 24 Sep 2022 06:18:51 +0000

Featured in the September 2022 issue of Roadracing World:

In 1873 Pietro Laverda founded Laverda as a manufacturer of agricultural equipment. Between the First and Second World Wars, the company was a leader in the mechanization of agricultural equipment. After World War II, Laverda saw the need for cheap transport and added motorcycles to the company’s products.

Wanting to showcase the performance and reliability of its motorcycles, Laverda entered the then-popular long-distance races on public roads. A string of overall and class wins proved it was a smart move.

Fast forward to 1964 and the appointment of Pietro’s great-grandson, Massimo, as CEO. After a trip to the United States, Massimo saw the need for larger capacity machines, starting with an air-cooled 654cc four-stroke parallel twin that debuted at the Earls Court Show in 1966. Production continued. started two years later, and the bike didn’t stay a 650 for long…

—Historical racing bike illustrations: 1972 Laverda 750SFC, by Mick Ofield

To compete in more endurance events in 1971, Massimo Laverda launched an SFC (Super Freni Competizione) version of the SF. Factory bikes ridden by Hans Hutten, Sergio Angiolini and Augusto Brettoni dominated many European endurance races that year. To capitalize on this success, a limited run of 20 SFCs were produced in early 1971, followed by another 65 later that year. Read the story of the development of one of the most beautiful bikes to come out of Italy in the latest issue of Road racing world!

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Jonathan Rea ‘tries to forget’ Alavaro Bautista controversy as Kawasaki rider targets first World Superbike victory since May Fri, 23 Sep 2022 16:22:00 +0000

Bautista accused the Northern Irish driver of deliberately making contact in race three at the previous round at Magny-Cours in France, which caused him to crash.

Rea received a long lap penalty for irresponsible driving after the incident and finished fifth, while Bautista’s advantage at the top was reduced to 30 points by defending champion Toprak Razgatlioglu on the Pata Yamaha, who won the race to secure a double.

Bautista’s Ducati team also strongly criticized Rea afterwards, with technical director Marco Zambenedetti accusing the six-time champion of a “dangerous maneuver” and saying that Kawasaki should “focus on working inside and giving his pilot a better package”. ”.

Jonathan Rea finished fifth in free practice overall on Friday at Catalunya.

Rea – who won a fierce battle with Bautista to claim the title in 2019 – said while he was keen to move on and focus on his team’s home run in Catalunya, the atmosphere with Bautista and Ducati had “deteriorated”.

“I went to see Alvaro and looked for him behind the garages,” said Rea, who is 47 points behind third-placed Bautista.

“I spoke to him and I really apologized. That was the first thing I wanted to do, excuse me, because the last thing I wanted or wanted for anyone – not just for Alvaro – was that a driver falls in an overtaking maneuver.

“But it happened and I had to deal with the consequences and try to move on.

“From my side, nothing will change because I have to fight so hard to be there in this incredible battle at the moment with two other strong rivals, but of course the mood has deteriorated a bit with a lot of things that have happened. say afterwards, maybe in the heat of the moment,” he added.

“What has been said has been said, they can’t retract it, but we are here at Barcelona now, trying to forget Magny-Cours and focus on the rest of my season.”

Rea’s last victory this season came at Estoril in Portugal in May, with Razgatlioglu winning eight of the 12 races held since and Bautista victorious in the other four.

Nevertheless, despite the growing gap at the top of the championship, Rea remains convinced that he can turn things around.

“I think we always have to look at every race as an opportunity,” said the 35-year-old.

“There are 15 races left, five rounds and three races per round, so there is so much to play for.

“The approach is the same as usual: try to work well with my team to have a good setup and manage the races in the best possible way.”

Rea was fifth fastest overall in Friday’s free practice, with Team HRC’s Iker Lecuona’s FP1 time putting him ahead of Ducati’s Michael Ruben Rinaldi by half a second.

Razgatlioglu finished third followed by Bautista, who was just 0.040 seconds ahead of Rea.

Today’s first race is on Saturday at 13:00 BST after final free practice and Superpole qualifying.

On Sunday, the Superpole race is at 10:00 a.m. BST with the second race at 1:00 p.m. BST.

Launch of the new Zero DSR/X as an electric adventure motorcycle Fri, 23 Sep 2022 06:16:07 +0000

American electric motorcycle manufacturer Zero has unveiled its new DSR/X adventure motorcycle, which headlines the company’s model lineup for 2023.

Zero offers a range of electric motorcycles from the entry-level FXE urban commuter bike to the SR/S performance bike.

The company’s new DSR/X Adventure Electric Motorcycle (ADV) combines city and highway commuting with off-road capability.

The DSR/X features the brand’s new Z-Force motor that produces 166 lb-ft of torque and a new 17.3 kWh Z-Force power unit.

The company says its new adventure bike will have a city range of up to 180 miles and a combined range of 134 miles.

The new model also features a completely redesigned frame to allow for increased ground clearance, almost 200mm of adjustable front suspension and three integrated storage compartments.

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“Zero Motorcycles’ very first product was an off-road motorcycle,” said Sam Paschel, CEO of Zero Motorcycles.

“By combining cutting-edge electric vehicle technology for powersports with the heart of traditional motorcycle craftsmanship, the DSR/X builds on that heritage by transforming the ADV riding experience.”

Zero has equipped the DSR/X with its Cypher III+ operating systems, allowing the bike to benefit from the full suite of Bosch motorcycle stability controls with off-road capabilities.

Zero says that with Cypher III+ technology, the DSR/R will gain traction and stability on any surface.

The Bosch Off-Road System offers improved braking modulation and vehicle hold, which should help the DSR/X on steeper grades.

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On a household outlet, the DSR/X will recharge its battery in about ten hours, while a standard level 2 charger will boost the battery of the electric motorcycle in just two hours.

Customers can choose to swap one port of the on-board storage compartments for a Power Tank which increases battery capacity to nearly 21kWh. There is also an option to add a 6kW fast charger which reduces charging time to just one hour.

The California-based outfit will also offer a number of additional adventure-focused options, including saddlebags, skid plate, windshields, covers and panniers.

DOC decision on Ashton Beach disappoints Board Fri, 23 Sep 2022 05:05:03 +0000

The Council has expressed disappointment at a Department of Conservation decision that will scuttle plans to create a designated recreational motorcycle park at Ashton Beach – but it still hopes to work with the parties to find a way to improve the area.

Ashton Beach has traditionally been an informal place for motorcycling, but the area is also shared with the southern grass skink, which is in decline around New Zealand despite all the native lizards and their habitat protected by the wildlife law.

The Council had worked with the Ashburton Motorcycle Club to move the occasional motorcycle from the beach to a more formal track on nearby Council-owned farmland, in the hope that this would improve the health and safety of riders and provide more protections to the local populations of skinks and native birds of the area.

Chief executive Hamish Riach said the area proposed for the new track was agricultural land that could be farmed by law as it was rural area B.

“We were proposing to move recreational motorcyclists from an informal riding area to nearby farmland, and also to agree other nearby areas for permanent protection of wildlife and native species.”

Skinks are present throughout the region and the Council believes that with riding taking place in a more concentrated area and habitat improvements in the conventioned areas, there would be an overall benefit to local skink numbers.

The Council had to seek permission under the Wildlife Act, as the establishment and use of the motorbike park would likely result in the death of some skinks – this was denied by the DOC.

Councilors described the outcome as a lose-lose situation, with the moto still likely to occur informally in the area and no further protection provided for the skink.

Councilors voted to write to the Minister for Conservation and other politicians expressing concern that the decision-making process seemed flawed; external experts were also surprised by the decision and how little weight was given to the plan to permanently protect the skink.

The Council says it is keen to work with DOC, ECan and local iwi to find a way forward.

“We were surprised and a little dismayed by the decision, but we need to look ahead and try to bring all interested parties to the table to find a solution that preserves the habitat of the skinks and improves the safety of the skinks. recreational users of the area,” Mr. Riach said.

Ashton Beach appeared on the Council’s radar in 2019 when officers became aware of a health and safety issue on an unfenced part of the Council’s ocean farm on the beach. A steep area of ​​terrain was used by motorcycle and 4×4 enthusiasts.

These areas have since been fenced off and a new potential alternative riding area was identified during a community consultation in February 2020. A skink survey in May 2020 confirmed the presence of southern grass skinks (Oligosoma Polychroma display) in the proposed motorcycle park area. .