News 22 Mar 2023

Upbeat Duffy looking ahead following Appin challenge

Determined Western Australian makes long-awaited racing return.

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An upbeat Regan Duffy is looking ahead following a challenging return to racing at Appin, where the GasGas Racing Team rider managed to line up despite a bicycle accident in the week leading up to round two of the Penrite ProMX Championship.

The determined Western Australian has overcome numerous setbacks since sustaining life-threatening injuries in October 2021, including a broken thumb during this pre-season which kept him largely off the bike.

With Appin marking the first gate-drop in his comeback, Duffy qualified 16th in the heavily-watered conditions and finished 24th in the opening moto. The two-part second race saw him 18th in the first half, and then 19th in the second, positioning him 20th overall.

“It was a bit of a steady day at Appin, but I came away unscathed and that was important today,” Duffy recalled. “I came in with a couple of niggling injuries, and I had a small crash on my cycle bike in the week leading up, which tore my hands up.

“Still, we ended up getting through the weekend, I got some points, and that was good. I was really excited to be back at the track because it’s been a very long time, so to get through the weekend is good enough for me and the team was happy with that.

“I’m very lucky to have supportive people around me in the GasGas Racing Team, not a lot of pressure as I return to racing and I appreciate that. All in all, it was a good weekend, good to continue my career after a long hiatus and I’m stoked about that. I’m going to try to keep progressing as much as I can leading into Wodonga, so cheers to everyone who has made this happen! I’ve had a really good time.”

Duffy’s next national motocross outing will come at Wodonga on 16 April when the 2023 Penrite ProMX Championship continues with round three at the Victorian venue.