AMA Champion and 2011 Australian Supersport number 3 Aaron Gobert will spearhead our Supersport challenge for 2012.
Aaron comes to the team with a wealth of experience after competing in both Australian and American national Championships with great success, something synonymous with the Gobert name. Most recently, Aaron finished 3rd in last year’s Australian Supersport Championship however the highlight of the year for both Aaron and his wife Mel was the arrival of their first child, Aliza Mae Gobert.
The family man is now focused on returning to his natural habitat of winning motorcycle races. Aaron established himself as not only a front runner in the AMA Superbike Championship but a race winner and in 2004, an AMA Champion. After winning the Australian 250 Production Championship in 2000, Aaron’s American journey started out in 2001 finishing in a respectable 6th place in the AMA Formula Xtreme Championship. In 2002, and at the age of 21 years old, Aaron suffered serious injuries in a high speed fall at Daytona International Speedway.
The following 2 seasons showed strength and inspiration as the Australian fought his way back to full fitness demonstrating his single minded obsession for winning. At the final race of the 2004 AMA Championship the pressure peaked with Aaron holding a mere seven-point lead over teammate Jamie Hacking and fellow competitor Tommy Hayden. The battle was intense as the factories went head to head but the common sense approach and worthiness of a Champion prevailed with Aaron finishing in a controlling fourth place, securing one of the toughest domestic Championships in the World. During the season Aaron scored six podiums in all, never finishing lower then seventh all season long.
Now, and after one test under his belt, Gobert has strong beliefs in the potential of the Kawasaki ZX6R.
“The bike is a missile. It blew the stickers of my Yamaha when it passed me last year. We’ve started making some changes to suit my style so before too long I’m sure I can win on that thing”.
The team are working very hard preparing a new evolution 2012 ZX6R before the next round. In the meantime our 2011 race winning Supersport machine has undergone a weight loss program losing a considerable amount of bulk as well as receiving minor engine updates which have increased it’s already class leading horsepower figures.
We are delighted to have Aaron join Richie Leech with both riders complimenting each other’s character and we also welcome Ben Blyth to our team. Ben will take care of tyre and fuel management and work alongside the very experienced Gary Matthews. The team will also have another staff member in the coming weeks.
As always, we truly value the support and collaboration we have with our sponsors and promoters and we look forward to the coming events.