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Again in 2019, a 16-year-old WA rider known as Regan Duffy put himself on the map when he grew to become the youngest ever winner of the Manjimup 15,000’s lengthy and illustrious historical past. And after signing with the Manufacturing unit KTM Racing Staff for 2021, Duffy’s turned extra heads when he completed second general within the premier class of the ProMX Championship in his rookie season. Sadly, a catastrophic damage later that 12 months stopped his unimaginable profession trajectory in its tracks, and it remained unsure for a while whether or not he’d ever race once more – let alongside on the elite degree.
Effectively, for season 2023, the nice information is that Duffy shouldn’t be solely again on the bike, however has been confirmed because the 450MX-class rider for the GASGAS Racing Staff, the place he’ll crew up with one other younger expertise, Noah Ferguson, for the 2023 Australian ProMX Championship. Right here’s the official PR from the Gasser crew, confirming their rider line-up…
Western Australian 20-year-old Regan Duffy is not any stranger to profitable races at a nationwide degree and is ready to ‘Get On The Gasoline’ aboard the GASGAS MC450F this coming season. In 2021, as a rookie within the premier class, Duffy shocked onlookers by claiming the opening-round victory at Wonthaggi and completed the shortened season in a close-fought second-place consequence general.
Duffy’s profession was positioned on maintain after sustaining life-threatening accidents in a state-based motocross occasion in October 2021, forcing him out of the 2022 season altogether whereas he ready within the background with the purpose of coming again in 2023.
Now, KTM Group is happy to help Regan’s need to return to the skilled ranks, making a welcome addition to the MX1 class as soon as once more. Will probably be a exceptional event come Wonthaggi’s opening spherical on March 5 to see him again behind the beginning gates on the highest degree of competitors within the nation.
Within the MX2 class, rising Queensland expertise, Noah Ferguson, has been rewarded for his race-winning potential and consistency with a full-time place on the GASGAS Racing Staff for 2023. Additionally 20 years of age, Ferguson joined the GASGAS Racing Staff within the ultimate rounds of the 2022 ProMX season and remained for his rookie marketing campaign within the Australian Supercross Championship (AUSX), which was highlighted with a breakout podium in Adelaide. Ferguson completed each the ProMX and AUSX championships in fifth place general and might be outfitted with the GASGAS MC250F when the gates drop on the 2023 outside season in Victoria.
Kyle Blunden (Motorsport Supervisor, KTM Group Australia): “The GASGAS Racing Staff is an extremely thrilling undertaking for us and one we’re proud to see take form. With Noah coming off his debut supercross season, including one other podium to his title added additional validity to his expertise on a motorbike. He’s nice to look at, is a tough employee and has some inspiring profession objectives we’re excited to assist him work in the direction of. Seeing Regan again on the bike was a momentous event. He’s an inspiring younger man with great talent, willpower and an enormous coronary heart. He’s been again on the bike for a while now and is able to immerse himself in a high-performance setting the place he will get to chase his desires once more. For 2023, we have now a younger, vibrant crew and sit up for getting the wheels turning within the pre-season exams early subsequent 12 months.”
Regan Duffy: “I’m actually blissful to be stepping onto the GASGAS model, to be again racing and to have this chance to showcase what I’m nonetheless in a position to do on the bike! Bodily, I’m again to full-strength driving, so I really feel like by the point Wonthaggi rolls round, I’ll be in a greater spot than what I’ve been beforehand, each with my health and preparation. I’m excited to get this season underway as a result of, whereas it’s a brand new crew, there are loads of acquainted faces round, so I’m actually snug right here already. I feel lots of people may have nerves on the start-line of Spherical 1 of the ProMX, however for me, it’s going to really feel like a large weight off my shoulders and I can’t wait to get there!”
Noah Ferguson: “I’m over the moon to have secured a experience with the GASGAS Racing Staff for a full season and I’m feeling actually good about 2023. In 2022, I achieved a podium consequence with the crew and we loved supercross collectively, so we all know what to anticipate and what we’re getting down to obtain. Having that have with the crew within the 2022 season and being conversant in the GASGAS MC250F ought to set us up properly for subsequent 12 months. All of us need to be on the field and to combat for wins, so I’m trying ahead to an incredible 12 months forward with the crew.”