Jack Mahaffy was born in Melbourne, Australia on the 9th of June 2001, he first rode a motorcycle at four years old, while he also played basketball, karate and footy at school.
Jack started racing dirt track and from the beginning he enjoyed finding the best lines in the long, fast corners on the constantly changing track and won the club’s 65cc and 85cc junior dirt track championships.
Jack and his family travelled interstate and started competing in the golden wheels dirt track series in NSW which was held on various types of tracks loose granite to hard packed oil surfaces and some in between. This required finding suitable tyres or cutting your own tread pattern and changing your riding to suit the conditions, this was fun and a great way to learn about racing motorcycles. While living in Victoria Jack and his dad were usually travelling the furthest to get to the race tracks, Jack never wasted a lap and won numerous races on the different tracks. The championship that year came down to a nail biting final race of the season, after a multi rider crash caused the race to be stopped, and with two minutes to get ready before the restart Jack jumped on a spare bike and won the race.
The family travelled across the country to junior dirt track state and Australian title meetings, learning the new tracks in the two-lap practice session then straight into the heats.
Competing with the fastest riders and bikes was great racing, and with the all-important start often the deciding factor in who won the title.
The team decided to enter Jack in the Victoria’s Road Racing championship held in November, to see if Jack then thirteen years old enjoyed the road circuit racing. At the Broadford road race track racing the current Australian Junior Champion, Jack created some history by becoming a state champion at his very first road race meeting.
2015 was a very busy year for the team racing both dirt track and road race, with Jack claiming 30 road race wins, 28 dirt track race wins, the Phillip Island junior lap record, the Mac Park SA junior lap record and managing to win an Australian Junior Dirt Track 85cc Title, Australian Junior Road Race 85cc Championship, Hartwell Junior Road Race Championship and become Moto3/GP125 Victorian State Champion.
The next year, 2016, the team decided to race in the Asia road race championship competing in the AP250 production class. This was a steep learning curve, riding a four-stroke production bike for the first time, being fourteen, competing against the best riders in Asia, with some ex GP riders and against factory backed teams. It was a season of many ups and downs, but was also a great experience. Meanwhile back in Australia Jack managed to win the 125cc Australian Junior Dirt Title and race one round of the Australia R3 Cup.
In 2017 Jack raced with the JDSMoto team in the ASBK Australia Superbike Championship competing in two classes the Yamaha R3 Cup and the Supersport 300 class. Jack won twelve races across the two classes and was in with a chance of taking both championships at the final round at Phillip Island when an untimely mechanical fault in two races and a crash put paid to his championship bid. Jack finished the year racing in the State championship and added another Victorian Championship.
In 2018 Jack and the JSDMoto team entered the Italian Speed Championship the CIV Campionato Italiano Velocità to take on some of the best young riders in Europe. The championship which has six rounds and twelve races is viewed as a stepping stone to the world championship.
The year was a great experience for both the JDSMoto team and Jack, despite all of the challenges of setting up and living in a new country, the team were battling at the front of the races on many occasions. The overall championship position was compromised due a few crashes and limited bike development throughout the season. Jack’s ambition and performances did not go unnoticed and he was offered a wild card ride with the Terra e Moto team at the Portuguese round of the world super-sport 300 championship.
In his world championship debut at the Portimao circuit was fighting with the World championship regulars, riding for a new team, learning the track and the bike Jack managed to finish the race in thirteenth place and earned three world championship points.
In 2019 Jack will compete in the Supersport class in the Italian Speed Championship the CIV Campionato Italiano Velocità with Extreme Racing Services riding the MV Agusta F3.
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Hey everyone! Jack here. I’m looking for help & support to train at the Australian institute of sport international facility in Milan during the 2020 & 2021 seasons.
A home away from home with other high class Australian athletes is a great advantage & I believe to be the best situation to learn and train in a high performance environment.
Help me take it to the track!