Australian roadracing legend Anthony Gobert makes the news again, this time with a suspended driver’s license and a beaten heroin addiction.
Anthony Gobert, universally regarded as one of the best pure racing talents ever seen, is back to making news for his exploits off the track.
The eldest and most highly regarded of the Gobert brothers has had a long history of substance abuse, getting him booted out of World Superbike before an illustrious but troubled career in AMA Superbike. His last gig in the AMA with Erion Racing lasted only one race before a car accident with alcohol involvement sent him back to Australia where he raced that country’s Superbike championship last year.
The Go-Show’s latest troubles have surfaced regarding a recent court ruling. The Camden Advertiser, an Australian newspaper, reported the 30-year-old roadracer was been sentenced to 300 hours of community service and fined $600 dollars in an Australian court for speeding and driving with a suspended license. Gobert’s license had been suspended due to previous traffic offenses and is now revoked until November of 2010.
The most troubling part of this story is that Gobert’s legal defense blamed the erratic behavior on Gobert’s addiction to heroin and claim Gobert was en route to score more of the drug during his most recent infraction.
In a follow-up to the initial reports, Gobert’s mother, Sue Gobert, issued statements to several racing-related websites clarifying the legal proceedings. She pointed out the incident in question occurred long before the last week’s court date and that Anthony has been clean for several months after admitting himself into a rehab program, part of the reason behind the judge’s relatively lenient sentence.
For those who have been lucky enough to see the near-supernatural talents of Anthony Gobert in action on a racetrack or who have met the highly affable race in person, we trust you’re with us at MotorcycleUSA in hoping this is the last time you’ll be reading about Gobert’s legal and personal problems.
Anthony Gobert’s Racing Career
2004 – AMA Superstock, Erion Honda (one race, 16th place)
2003 – AMA Superbike, Ducati Austin (fired midseason)
2002 – AMA Superbike, Factory Yamaha (injury)
2001 – AMA Superbike, Factory Yamaha (2 wins, injury); AMA 600 Supersport (2 wins)
2000 – WSB, Bimota (1 win in rain at Phillip Island); 500cc GP, Roberts-Modenas; BSB, Virgin Yamaha; ASB, Winfield Honda
1999 – AMA Superbike, Vance & Hines Ducati (3rd; 5 wins)
1998 – AMA Superbike, Vance & Hines Ducati (9th; 3 wins; epic duel with Duhamel at Road Atlanta; banned 3 races for failing a cannibis drug screening)
1997 – 500cc Grand Prix World Championship, Lucky Strike Suzuki (15th; kicked off team for testing positive for marijuana use)
1996 – World Superbike, Kawasaki (8th; 3 wins)
1995 – World Superbike, Kawasaki (4th; 2 wins)
1994 – Australian Superbike Champion
1992 – Australian Supercross Champion