Anthony Gobert

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Anthony Gobert
Nationality Australia Australian
Born (1975-03-05) 5 March 1975 (age 39)
Greenacre, New South Wales, Australia
Current team Tapout Energy Wet4U Racing
Bike number 69
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years 1997, 2000
Team(s) Suzuki, Modenas
Championships 0
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
10 0 0 0 0 45
Superbike World Championship
Active years 1994-1996, 1999-2000, 2006
Manufacturers Honda, Kawasaki, Bimota, Yamaha, Suzuki
2006 Championship position N/C
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
57 8 16 2 2 504
Supersport World Championship
Active years 2006
Manufacturers Yamaha
2006 Championship position 35th (4 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
2 0 0 0 0 3

Anthony Gobert (born 5 March 1975 in Greenacre, New South Wales, Australia) is a professional motorcycle road racer nicknamed The Go Show. He was a rider of immense promise and talent who had his career derailed by a personal struggle with drug abuse. Winning the final leg of the 1994 season at Philip Island, he became the youngest ever World Superbike race winner. He is the eldest of three racing brothers, which include Aaron and Alex. He currently competes in the Australasian Supersport Championship for Tapout Energy Wet4U Racing aboard a Kawasaki ZX-6R.

Superbikes/Supersport[edit]

In his teens he was a successful motocross racer, winning national classes in Australia, before moving to road racing and winning the Australian domestic superbike championship. He first earned international notice as a wild card at his home Superbike World Championship round at Philip Island in 1994, taking pole position, a win and a third place. Racing full-time in the championship for Muzzy Kawasaki in 1995, he became team leader after Scott Russell's abrupt departure and finished 4th overall, winning races at Laguna Seca and Philip Island.[1] He was 8th in 1996, with 3 wins and 3 other podiums, after missing much of the season through injury.

For 1998 and 1999 he competed in the AMA Superbike Championship on a Vance & Hines Ducati, with some success, including a win as a WSBK wildcard at Laguna Seca.[2] A win in the second race was within reach, until an unforced crash at the final turn, onto the main straight. The second race was won by his team mate Ben Bostrom.

For 2000 he returned to WSBK on a Bimota SB8R. With the race number 501, he won a wet race at Philip Island and generally did better than expected on the machine, before the team folded, due to lack of financial backing. Bimota named the SB8K Gobert bike after him. Three British Superbike meetings (substituting for Steve Hislop at Team Virgin Mobile Yamaha) followed in late 2000.

For 2001 he was back in the AMA championship with Yamaha, spending two years racing the YZF R7 in the superbike class and the YZF R6 in the supersport class respectively. This was followed with a brief dalliance with Ducati in 2003. After some time back in the Australian Superbike series he did two rounds of Supersport World Championship at the start of 2006, replacing the injured David Checa.[3] In 2006, he raced at the Valencia Superbike World Championship round (making him the first rider to have wildcard rides in three different countries), alongside some rounds of Spain's Superbike series. For 2007 he returned to Australia Superbikes on a Kawasaki.

Grand Prix[edit]

He went to the 500cc World Championship in 1997 with the Lucky Strike Suzuki replacing Scott Russell as the number one rider, but was dismissed in mid-season after failing a drug test.

A 500cc one-off at Donington Park for Kenny Roberts' KR3 Modenas Team followed in late 2000.

Career Results[edit]

Grand Prix[edit]

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
1997 500cc Suzuki MAL
JPN
ESP
ITA
13
AUT
7
FRA
10
NED
13
IMO
10
GER
9
BRA
10
GBR
Ret
CZE
12
CAT
INA
AUS
22nd 44
1999 500cc MuZ Weber MAL
JPN
ESP
FRA
ITA
CAT
NED
GBR
GER
CZE
IMO
VAL
AUS
Ret
RSA
18
BRA
10
ARG
DNS
25th 6
2000 500cc Modenas RSA
MAL
JPN
ESP
FRA
ITA
CAT
NED
GBR
15
GER
CZE
POR
VAL
BRA
PAC
AUS
29th 1

World Superbike Championship[edit]

Year Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Pos Pts
R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2 R1 R2
1994 Honda GBR1 GBR1 GER GER RSM RSM SPA SPA AUT AUT IND IND JPN
6
JPN
8
NED NED ITA ITA GBR2 GBR2 17th 53
Kawasaki AUS
1
AUS
3
1995 Kawasaki GER
16
GER
Ret
RSM
6
RSM
16
GBR
10
GBR
Ret
ITA
Ret
ITA
12
SPA
7
SPA
DNS
AUT
2
AUT
3
USA
1
USA
2
EUR
3
EUR
5
JPN
5
JPN
9
NED
9
NED
7
IND
4
IND
4
AUS
8
AUS
Ret
4th 222
1996 Kawasaki RSM
5
RSM
Ex
GBR
3
GBR
3
GER
6
GER
Ret
ITA
Ret
ITA
10
CZH
Ret
CZH
19
USA
Ret
USA
1
EUR
2
EUR
4
IND
IND
JPN
JPN
NED
NED
SPA
SPA
AUS
1
AUS
1
8th 167
1999 Suzuki RSA RSA AUS AUS GBR GBR SPA SPA ITA
ITA
GER1
GER1 RSM RSM USA
1
USA
Ret
EUR EUR AUT AUT NED NED GER2 GER2 JAP JAP 24th 25
2000 Bimota RSA RSA AUS
1
AUS
9
JPN
Ret
JPN
Ret
GBR GBR ITA
Ret
ITA
22
GER
Ret
GER
Ret
SMR
SMR
ESP
ESP
USA
USA
GBR
GBR
NED
NED
GER
GER
35th 37
Yamaha GBR
Ret
GBR
Ret
2006 Suzuki QAT
QAT
AUS
AUS
ESP
DNS
ESP
DNS
ITA
ITA
EUR
EUR
SMR
SMR
CZE
CZE
GBR
GBR
NED
NED
GER
GER
ITA
ITA
FRA
FRA
NC 0

Supersport World Championship[edit]

Year Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos Pts
2006 Yamaha QAT
12
AUS
Ret
SPA
ITA
EUR
SMR
CZE
GBR
NED
GER ITA
FRA
35th 4

Legal troubles[edit]

According to reports in the Courier Mail, the 33-year-old Gobert was charged with two counts of stealing after taking two $20 bills from the hand of the 70-year-old man at a Coles supermarket in Surfers Paradise on Tuesday, 13 May 2008. The following day, he allegedly snatched a woman's purse on the streets of Surfers, according to the newspaper report.[4]

References[edit]

Career details from mcnews

Preceded by
Troy Corser
Australian Superbike Champion
1995
Succeeded by
Kirk McCarthy