News 16 Mar 2022

First ride complete for Duffy following serious injuries

Determined Western Australian talent plans to make racing return.

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Western Australian Regan Duffy has completed his first laps on a full-sized motocross bike since the serious incident that occurred late last year, remarkably continuing a rapid recovery from his life-threatening injuries and not ruling out a return to competition.

In October last year, 19-year-old Duffy was involved in a first turn accident during the opening moto of WAMX at Bunbury, air-lifted away from the track and placed in an induced coma to stabilise his condition.

It was later confirmed that Duffy suffered a cardiac arrest and subsequent stroke following the incident, the impact of the multi-bike crash tearing the branch of his brachiocephalic artery off his aorta completely, leading to immense internal complications.

Doctors originally informed his father – Darren Duffy – that Regan would be hospitalised for six months, however, he made it home in just four weeks, later sharing vision of him riding a mini-bike in February this year.

Further footage was published in this month of Duffy riding a Sur-Ron electric bike, before a week and a half later, it was revealed that he had completed laps on a full-sized KTM motocross bike – an inspirational step considering the injuries that he has had to overcome.

“I’ve had about four rides now, sort of been settling in quite slowly as my hand’s still pretty weak, as well as my whole arm and shoulder,” Duffy told MotoOnline. “Just been trying to get back to the gym and build that stuff up to progress it a little bit, but it’s going alright, I feel quite good on the bike still and I haven’t lost that feeling, which is a positive.

The question of many people’s minds now is whether the promising young talent will make a return to racing, the number 72 expressing he wants to make a return when the time is right.

“I can say I definitely plan to make a return to racing, but I can’t really say when,” he confirmed. “I’m just taking every day as it comes now, any improvements I make are just a bonus. As soon as I can, I will be back out there, but I won’t be rushing back if I’m not ready.”