First seen tearing a Kawasaki round WSB rounds, now seen struggling to hold down a job in Subway
Seven-times AMA Superbike champion and Ben Spies-beater Mat Mladin once said of Anthony Gobert that he was the most naturally talented rider ever to throw a leg over a motorcycle. But the thrill of racing a factory Suzuki in 500cc Grands Prix, or of winning World Superbike races on factory Kawasakis and Bimotas, was never enough to content the wayward Australian.
Riding as a wild card at the 1994 WSB round at Phillip Island, Gobert stunned the series regulars by setting pole position and taking a win and a third place. His incredible performance put the then 19-year-old on every team’s wish list and he eventually opted to replace Scott Russell in the factory Kawasaki squad. He won two races 1995 and a further three in ’96 before moving to 500cc Grands Prix on a factory RGV Suzuki.
Gobert caused an immediate sensation in the world’s premier racing class straight away by flipping a middle finger at world champion Mick Doohan on track during pre-season testing and branding him a ‘loser.’ But he caused an even bigger sensation when he was sacked from the dream job mid-season for failing a drugs test. He tested positive for marijuana.
Gobert found a new home in America riding a Ducati in the AMA Superbike Championship and again won a WSB race riding as a wild card at Laguna Seca, but was sacked again after once more testing positive for marijuana.
Continue the criminal look at Anthony Gobert
Posted: 08/12/2010 at 10:01
Posted: 25/12/2010 at 13:08
Wow a multi million dollar career thrown away over weed, a drug which is less potent than beer. What a shame.
Posted: 31/03/2011 at 07:41
Posted: 27/11/2011 at 20:34
Posted: 24/04/2012 at 23:18
Posted: 26/05/2012 at 10:49
"Don't Bogart that joint, my friend, pass it over to me".
What famous bike film did you hear that sung in?
Posted: 27/05/2012 at 18:26
Posted: 28/02/2013 at 23:20
Posted: 07/06/2013 at 20:05
Become a fan of Visordown
Follow us on twitter
Other Immediate Media Sites
Our eCommerce Platform
© Immediate Media Company Ltd. 2015 This website is owned and published by Immediate Media Company Limited. www.immediate.co.uk