News 25 Sep 2023

Luckless Duffy to miss entire AUSX season with injury

Targets 2024 return after breaking wrist during team photoshoot.

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A broken wrist sustained during the GasGas Racing Team photoshoot will cause the luckless Regan Duffy to miss the entire 2023 Fox Australian Supercross Championship (AUSX).

The 21-year-old was set to make his return to supercross competition for the first time since 2019, where he finished the season P7 in the SX2 standings.

“Obviously, I’m pretty disappointed,” Duffy told MotoOnline. “This is the second time I’ve made a silly mistake at a photoshoot, which is even more disappointing for me.

“We were just riding a fairly run down track, it was getting towards the end of the day and I just went back out to get a couple more clips. I was doing this section on the track where it went triple in, quad over two tabletops and triple out.

“I was struggling a little for traction most laps, then when we were filming I just caught a little more traction than I had before and went a little bit too long, but as we know in supercross, you have to be perfect. That little bit too long resulted in me landing into the base of the next up ramp in the rhythm and the impact broke my wrist.

“I felt my wrist break, so I just had to ghosty the bike and jump off the side, which was nothing. If I hadn’t broken my wrist the crash wasn’t big at all. With the timeframe we have and round two and three being one week apart, the team and I have decided it’s safest if I just sit the season out now, so we’ll go back and rest up and see what the plan is for next year.”

Duffy is currently in his comeback season after sustaining life-threatening injuries in 2021, but has been affected by further injuries and setbacks throughout much of the year. He was ranked 16th in the final national MX1 standings after missing multiple races.

It has not yet been confirmed if the GasGas Racing Team will field an SX1 replacement for Duffy, as round one of the AUSX season takes off on 7 October at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. It’s also unclear if Duffy will continue on the MC 450F for another term.