The former bad boy of Superbike has lost control of his life and brother Aaron has decided to launch a crowdfunding to help him
Trouble is never far away when it comes to Anthony Gobert. Attacked with a baseball bat two years ago, after which the Australian was taken into intensive care, “The GoShow” appears to have disappeared without trace.
As reported by various sources, brother Aaron, concerned about the way Anothony’s life has spiralled out of control, has launched a crowdfunding campaign on the well-known Gofundme platform in an attempt to help the former Superbike star.
“The last time I saw him - says Aaron - he was sat in a prison cell and he’d just found out about the death of our father. He missed the funeral. I don’t know what to tell his fans, I have no answers. It’s not good that we don’t know where he is, how he is or if he needs help. I want to change that.”
Aaron has set a target of 23,000 $, funds that would be put towards the search and helping Anthony once located; almost 2000 $ have been raised so far.
Aaron continues: “I want to find Anthony, I know what he needs. I know what to do but I need support. One day on the Gold Coast will do. With your support, I’ll get him a phone and a safe place to sleep. After beaten beaten he needed two hip replacements. I don’t know what I’m getting into but it needs to be done.”
He debuted in Superbike in 1994, competing first for Honda and then for Kawasaki, and winning Race 2 in Australia after setting pole position.
Remaining with Kawasaki, his best season was 1995 when he finished fourth overall aboard the ZXR750, scoring two race wins and six podiums in all.
Still with Kawasaki and team Muzzy, and riding the new ZX-7RR, Anthony 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.
His doping issues began in ‘97. Riding for Suzuki in the 500 class, he completed nine races but was then disqualified for doping and fired from the Lucky Strike Suzuki team.
The following year, 1998, saw him move across to AMA Superbike with the Vance & Hines team. 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.
While still in AMA in ’99, he was entered as a wildcard for the American world championship round. Anthony won race 1. That same year, he competed in the final four races of the 500 championship with team MuZ Weber.
He returned to Superbike in 2000 and was tasked with powering the Bimota to success, 11 years after Falappa’s win at the Paul Ricard circuit. His season came to an end after the Hockenheim round due to financial issues for team MVR Bimota.
He competed in the Donington 500 round with the Modenas KR3, scoring one point. His Superbike/500 career was followed by further experiences in the AMA Superbike and British SBK championships.
Translated by Heather Watson