GASGAS Oz Confirms Duffy & Ferguson
Back in 2019, a 16-year-old WA rider called Regan Duffy put himself on the map when he became the youngest ever winner of the Manjimup 15,000’s long and illustrious history. And after signing with the Factory KTM Racing Team for 2021, Duffy’s turned more heads when he finished second overall in the premier class of the ProMX Championship in his rookie season. Sadly, a catastrophic injury later that year stopped his incredible career trajectory in its tracks, and it remained in doubt for some time whether he’d ever race again – let along at the elite level.
Well, for season 2023, the great news is that Duffy is not only back on the bike, but has been confirmed as the 450MX-class rider for the GASGAS Racing Team, where he’ll team up with another young talent, Noah Ferguson, for the 2023 Australian ProMX Championship. Here’s the official PR from the Gasser team, confirming their rider line-up…
Western Australian 20-year-old Regan Duffy is no stranger to winning races at a national level and is set to ‘Get On The Gas’ aboard the GASGAS MC450F this coming season. In 2021, as a rookie in the premier class, Duffy stunned onlookers by claiming the opening-round victory at Wonthaggi and finished the shortened season in a close-fought second-place result overall.
Duffy’s career was placed on hold after sustaining life-threatening injuries in a state-based motocross event in October 2021, forcing him out of the 2022 season altogether while he prepared in the background with the goal of coming back in 2023.
Now, KTM Group is excited to support Regan’s desire to return to the professional ranks, making a welcome addition to the MX1 class once again. It will be a remarkable occasion come Wonthaggi’s opening round on March 5 to see him back behind the starting gates at the highest level of competition in the country.
In the MX2 category, emerging Queensland talent, Noah Ferguson, has been rewarded for his race-winning potential and consistency with a full-time position on the GASGAS Racing Team for 2023. Also 20 years of age, Ferguson joined the GASGAS Racing Team in the final rounds of the 2022 ProMX season and remained for his rookie campaign in the Australian Supercross Championship (AUSX), which was highlighted with a breakout podium in Adelaide. Ferguson finished both the ProMX and AUSX championships in fifth place overall and will be equipped with the GASGAS MC250F when the gates drop on the 2023 outdoor season in Victoria.
Kyle Blunden (Motorsport Manager, KTM Group Australia): “The GASGAS Racing Team is an incredibly exciting project for us and one we are proud to see take shape. With Noah coming off his debut supercross season, adding another podium to his name added further validity to his talent on a motorcycle. He’s great to watch, is a hard worker and has some inspiring career goals we’re excited to help him work towards. Seeing Regan back on the bike was a momentous occasion. He’s an inspiring young man with tremendous skill, determination and a big heart. He’s been back on the bike for some time now and is ready to immerse himself in a high-performance environment where he gets to chase his dreams again. For 2023, we have a young, vibrant team and look forward to getting the wheels turning in the pre-season tests early next year.”
Regan Duffy: “I’m really happy to be stepping onto the GASGAS brand, to be back racing and to have this opportunity to showcase what I’m still able to do on the bike! Physically, I’m back to full-strength riding, so I feel like by the time Wonthaggi rolls around, I’ll be in a better spot than what I’ve been previously, both with my fitness and preparation. I’m excited to get this season underway because, while it’s a new team, there are a lot of familiar faces around, so I’m really comfortable here already. I think a lot of people will have nerves on the start-line of Round 1 of the ProMX, but for me, it’s going to feel like a massive weight off my shoulders and I can’t wait to get there!”
Noah Ferguson: “I’m over the moon to have secured a ride with the GASGAS Racing Team for a full season and I’m feeling really good about 2023. In 2022, I achieved a podium result with the team and we enjoyed supercross together, so we know what to expect and what we’re setting out to achieve. Having that experience with the team in the 2022 season and being familiar with the GASGAS MC250F should set us up well for next year. We all want to be on the box and to fight for wins, so I’m looking forward to a great year ahead with the team.”