Our People:

DOCNZ Committee Members

Ange Richardson

Club President

About Ange

Meet the girl that always dreamt of doing the perfect wheel stand, just like the show-off stranger wheely’ing up a storm in front of her all those years ago!  

Although her career as a stunt rider never eventuated, Ange’s passion for motorcycles did.  Her enthusiasm for motorcycling and motorcycling people is immense, and she’s always keen to learn more, and hone her skills in this amazingly diverse and complex interest we all share.

With a knack for uniting communities through a spirit of camaraderie and integrity, Ange loves nothing more than having a great laugh with old or new mates … preferably on a bike en route via twisty and windy roads. 

In her spare time, you’ll find Ange working on official DOCNZ business, dreaming up big ideas for the club, riding her treasured Panigale, or shoe shopping. “I am a girl after all!” she says.

Darryl Smith

Vice President & Auckland Ride Director

About Darryl
Darryl was spurred on from a young age by his father. He was a life-long motorcycle enthusiast, and his passion soon became Darryl’s.
 
Darryl’s love affair with Ducati began with a Monster 1000S, and he progressed through the sports bike models (848, 848EVO, 899) culminating in the 1299 Panigale complete with a full Akrapovič exhaust system… that sound!
 
Looking for more comfort without compromising handling, he’s now moved on to the 1260 Pikes Peak Multistrada, which he tells us is one hell of a bike.
 
Some of Darryl’s biggest motorcycling highlights include amazing trips of the South Island, NZ, enjoying MotoGP live at Sachsenring – where he got to meet his racing hero and legend, Marc Marquez! And fulfilling the dream of riding a Ducati to the Mugello MotoGP to witness Danilo and Andrea clinch 1st and 3rd spots in 2019. All while cheering and celebrating with many other fanatics in the Ducati stand! More highlights include being immersed in the spectacular atmosphere of World Ducati Week at Misano Circuit, as well as riding through Tuscany, Italy on a range of Ducati’s. And of course tours of both the Ducati factory and museum in Bologna where he met Claudio Domenicali. EPIC!
 
Passionate about the Ducati brand, Darryl is committed to supporting DOCNZ and the Ducati family as VP and Auckland’s Ride Director.

Michelle Fremaux

Treasurer

About Michelle

As our treasured club Treasurer, Michelle is our number one watchdog for all aspects of the club’s finances.

She works closely with the Club President and Secretary, offering valuable advice and helping safeguard the vault.

A massive fan of both the two-wheeled and four-legged variety of steed, Michelle is a long-time rider and lover of both motorcycles and horses.

These days, Michelles stays busy dividing her time between her beloved Scrambler, and her beautiful lifestyle property overlooking the Manawatu.

Nita Maaka

Online Content Manager

About Nita

Nita’s addiction for all things motorbikes began at age 15, with her first ride on a Suzuki 90 along Himatangi Beach.

Her infatuation meant sampling everything from motocross and speedway solos, to bucket racing and sidecar swinging. If it had a connection to motorcycles, she’d give it a go.

Nita’s first Ducati came in 1997 – a 750SS bought from old man Haldane. And with that, her obsession with Ducati was born.

Now on her 8th Ducati, Nita rides a 1299S Panigale. “The most photographed bike I’d ever owned,” we’ve heard her say.

Nita’s most memorable Ducati moment came during 5 weeks of backpacking around Italy – the highlight being World Ducati Week, where she recalls the excitement of being in a sea of red!

As our Online Content Manager, Nita brings a wealth of experience, and was instrumental in bringing this site to life with a slick new look and better functionality. 

When not on her 1299S, Nita loves to ride her husband’s Harley Dyna Low rider S. Her dirty little riding secret, she reckons it brings out the wild child in her – and we’d have to agree.

Jules Marchant

Club Secretary

 

About Jules

Jules interest in two wheels started with her first solo ride on a Honda CB350 twin at age 19. She was instantly hooked and has owned several bikes since.

Nowadays Jules likes to mix it up. You’ll find her riding the streets of Christchurch on her very rare vintage scooter, the roads of Banks Peninsula and Canterbury on her classic cafe racer. She also enjoys adventure riding on a KTM, and hooning on her pick of the bunch – the favourite. Ducati Monster.

The love of Ducati started as she was introduced to a friend’s 750 Paso at age 30 something. After a memorable ride, the writing was on the wall – Ducati ownership was inevitable!

We’re excited to have Jules on board in the role of club Secretary. She is already sold on the brand and she is looking forward to honing her skills and to align the club and its members in all things Ducati. With a background in sales, marketing, and personal assistant roles, she reckons that her experience as minute-taker at large Council meetings will mean putting pen to paper for DOCNZ meetings should be easy by comparison… she hopes!

Jules is also an equine enthusiast and has enjoyed riding, competing, and breeding Quarter horses for many years.

With some exciting times ahead for Ducati, Jules looks forward to meeting like-minded riders like you. Let’s get out there amongst it, have fun and ride!

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