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Australian Supercross Champion Anthony Gobert

Australian Supercross Champion Anthony Gobert

Australian Supercross Champion Anthony Gobert

1992 Anthony Gobert - Australian Supercross Masters Champion - Kawasaki
Anthony Gobert 1990 Australian Junior Restricted License Holder (MA Junior) Motocross Champion

Photo: [Left] In 1992 Anthony Gobert (NSW) blitzed the field to win the prestigious Australian 250cc Supercross Masters series aboard a Kawasaki;  and [Right] Two years earlier, Gobert won the 1990 Australian Junior Restricted License Holder (MA Junior class) Motocross title aboard a Honda.

Prodigious young talent Gobert takes the Australian Supercross scene by storm

Teenage sensation Anthony Gobert from Greenacre in New South Wales was a prodigious young riding talent who took the Australian Supercross scene by storm in the early 1990s.

After winning two New Zealand Supercross Championships (12-13 years, 1989 and 14-15 years, 1990) and the Australian Restricted License Holders title in 1990 at Monza Park (VIC), he stepped up into seniors moving straight onto a 250cc machine, along with racing 125cc events – the usual stepping stone for riders just out of juniors.

In his first attempt, at just 16, he became the youngest ever rider to win both the 1991 125cc Australian Supercross Championship and National Supercross titles. Then the following year in the premier 250cc class, he blitzed the field, breaking the domination of experienced riders Glen Bell, Craig Dack and Eddie Warren to win the 1992 Peter Jackson Supercross Masters, leading the $150,000 series from the opening round at Newcastle (NSW) on 11 January 1992 through to the seventh and final round at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on 21/22 August.

At the time, motocross experts believed that Gobert would be the next Jeff Leisk! But before we knew it, he started chasing down a road racing career. 

ANTHONY GOBERT'S SWITCH FROM MOTOCROSS TO ROAD RACING

In his debut, he won the final leg of the 1994 season at Philip Island, where at the time, he became the youngest ever World Superbike race winner at age 19, from Pole position. After graduating from local Superbikes, he moved into the 500c GPs.

Nicknamed “The Go Show” as well as “The Wild Child” – as after moving into the international road racing scene, he was never far from controversy – in 1996 he scored a double podium at Donington, a win at Laguna Seca and the double in Australia, rounding out the 1996 season in eighth place with 167 points.

While riding for Suzuki in the 500 class in 1997, he completed nine races but was disqualified for doping and fired from the Lucky Strike Suzuki team. Moving across to AMA Superbikes with the Vance & Hines team in 1998, he was again accused of doping and disqualified for the season, a penalty that was later reduced to three races, all while fighting for the American title.

Unable to race in the United States, Gobert briefly returned home to Australia and made a surprise cameo appearance down under competing in the 1998 Supercross Masters in Sydney, six years after last winning the prestigious 250cc series.

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Where it all began for Anthony Gobert

1988 Teenage sensation Anthony Gobert featured in Mini Rider Magazine

Anthony Gobert was born on 5 March 1975 in Greenacre, New South Wales. From as young as 4 years of age, when he first started riding motorcycles, Gobert wanted to be Mr. Motocross and developed a career mindedness at a very early age.  

Living on a property in Oakdale south of Sydney, he started riding a pee-wee motorcycle, but soon moved onto 60cc and 80cc minibikes.  At age 11, after his father Steve took Anthony to his first race, he rode a YZ80 at the Appin motocross circuit. Steve’s friend Trevor Hunter, the owner of Stoney Creek Motorcycles, spotted Anthony’s talent and suggested that he should race.

Anthony fell in love with the sport and half-way through 1986 began competing in Open meetings. This kid possessed a rare talent and Allan Tomkins, owner of Kawasaki West in Blacktown (Sydney), was one of the first to take him under his wing and sponsor Gobert in his early racing years.

Photo: Teenage sensation Anthony Gobert featured in Mini Rider Magazine in 1988.

Gobert's move into senior motocross

In 1990, Anthony Gobert won the Australian Restricted License Holders Championship at Monza Park in Victoria. Although this event was still for junior riders, it was hosted by Motorcycling Australia for juniors between 15-16 years of age on 125cc machines and was the stepping stone into senior competition.

Up against the big motocross boys, at the 1991 Australian Motocross Championships at Noble Falls (WA), Gobert finished second in the 125cc class on a Kawasaki (behind 8-times Australian Motocross Champion Glen Bell, Honda) and third in the 250cc class (behind Yamaha riders Craig Dack, 4-times and reigning Mr. Motocross champion, and Dale Britton).

But Gobert was a showman and much preferred the thrill and excitement of supercross – the big and spectacular jumps, the large crowds and night-time, carnival atmosphere. And in 1991 and 1992, this was his stage where he shone – winning the 1991 Australian 125cc Supercross Masters and National Supercross titles.

Then in 1992, he was virtually unbeatable in Supercross, winning the 1992 250cc Supercross Masters and Queensland Supercross title, dominating both series from start to finish.

Anthony Gobert Supercross

Photo: Gobert had immediate impact in seniors, winning the 1991 Australian 125cc Supercross Masters and National titles in his first attempt.

Gobert's motocross racing achievements

1990 Australian Restricted Licence Holder (MA Junior) Australian Champion Anthony Gobert - Monza (VIC) - with insert
JUNIORS

1988 (Kawasaki)

New Zealand Junior Supercross Champion (12-13 years)

1989 (Kawasaki)
New Zealand Junior Supercross Champion (14-15 years)

Between 1986, Anthony won countless National and State minibike championships

Anthony Gobert – 1992  Motorcycling Australia Junior Motocross Champion at Monza Park, Victoria aboard a Honda 125cc machine.

SENIORS

1990 (Honda)
RLH Champion at Monza Park

1991 (Kawasaki)
2nd 125 Australian Motocross Championship (Noble Falls, WA)
3rd 250 Australian Motocross Championship (Noble Falls, WA)
Australian 125cc Supercross Champion
SX Masters 125cc Champion

1992 (Kawasaki)
Supercross Masters 250cc Champion
QLD Supercross Champion

1993 to 2007 Road racing

Video gallery

1989 Anthony Gobert wins NZ Junior Supercross Series – Race 2 and Gobert interview – Staffihound

1998 Sydney round of the Australian Supercross Masters – Australian Motorsport Classics

2000 WSBK Phillip Island – A Masterpiece by Anthony Gobert – 2ND GEAR – Motor Experience di Giuseppe Zedda

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