Newly-crowned SX3 champion on title and upcoming 2023 season.
Last year proved to be a big one for Jack Mather, landing on the overall podium in the MX3 category of Penrite ProMX with third place in the standings and then the teenager went onto win his first-ever national title in the return of the Australian Supercross Championship (AUSX), clinching the SX3 crown. He features in our latest Profiled interview.
Mather, still only 17 years of age, started the 2021 season in MX3, but was robbed of a chance to really grow into the class as the series concluded after just three rounds of ProMX racing due to covid-19. Despite that shortened series disrupting his experience at that point, the Husqvarna-supported rider rocketed into 2022.
His first podium would come at the third round of the outdoor championship in Albury, where he would log consistent 3-3 moto scores for third overall on the day. Mather would go on to podium three more times throughout the series, solidifying himself of one of the front guys in the class.
“Overall it was a really good season,” Mather told MotoOnline. “There were a few good podiums in there and I was able to stay pretty consistent throughout the year. There was ups and downs, I had a DNF at Mackay which lost me a few points, but overall it was definitely a good season for me, ending third in the championship, so not much to complain about. There are definitely things to work on ahead of this year.”
Season 2022 saw the return of the AUSX championship following a two-year hiatus due to covid-19. Mather entered the four-round series as one of the clear favourites to take out the SX3 crown. After putting his FC 250 on the podium twice throughout the series, with a second in Adelaide and a win in Newcastle, Mather rode for the championship in Wagga Wagga at the final round, doing what was needed to take out the title.
“That was a pretty unreal feeling,” continued the Queenslander. “It was my first Australian championship, so to get that under my belt and learn how to manage a championship and what it takes was a big confidence-booster heading into this year, so I’ll use what I learned in supercross and take it into ProMX.”
For 2023, Mather looks to familiarity ahead of his charge at the MX3 championship in ProMX. He will once again receive support from Husqvarna – now on the new generation bike – and will benefit from the experience gained this year. Part of the Ford Dale Elite program, he will also benefit from riding and training alongside some of the country’s top-level professional riders from week-to-week.
“The program for this year looks much the same as it did in 2022,” he added. “I’ll continue as a Husqvarna-supported rider and I’ll base myself at home on the Sunshine Coast in QLD where I can be close to my coach. I guess the biggest change will be making the transition to the 2023 model bike.”