Thursday, April 25, 2024


Dorset dealership Moto Corsa, which had the Aprilia, KTM, MV Agusta, Moto Guzzi and Royal Enfield franchises, has shut down. The company, headquartered in Gillingham, with a service centre in nearby Ashmore, entered a voluntary liquidation process on 2 August. Dorothy Brown of Bournemouth-based insolvency practitioner Even Keel Solutions was appointed as liquidator. Outstanding creditors should call her at Even Keel on 01202 237337.

Originally founded in 2004 by Mike Russell de Clifford, Moto Corsa was taken over in 2018 by existing investor Chedington Court Estate, an extensive hospitality and outdoor activities venue in Dorset, owned by the Guy family. Russell de Clifford stayed on as managing director. Presumably, Chedington principals Geoffrey and Katherine Guy have now decided to terminate further losses from their Moto Corsa involvement.

According to a trade source familiar with the dealership, Moto Corsa had been struggling for some time. It faced multiple problems from the local council, which refused permission to open on Sundays and bank holidays or to increase customer parking provision — both seen as essential for such large premises.  

There were also difficulties with Moto Corsa’s fairly remote showroom location on the rural Dorset/Somerset/Wiltshire borders. Some distance from big population centres in the area, it was unlikely to attract either sufficient footfall or the attention of other major franchises.

However, a new entity Dorset Motorcycles, trading under Moto Corsa branding from the Ashmore site, announced it was open for business on 4 August — but not responsible for any deposits or money owed to the previous Moto Corsa operation. The re-monikered outlet says it has retained some of the original staff, with full workshop facilities already open and a retail area in the planning. The Gillingham Café Corsa also reopened on 3 August.


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