Yamaha’s Anthony Gobert proved once again at Road America in June of 2001 that he was one of the best rain riders in the world. The then 26-year-old Australian survived an off-track excursion and a resulting near crash to charge back and pass Miguel Duhamel to take his second AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike victory of the 2001 season.
Canadian Duhamel finished second on his Honda, his first podium of the season. Nicky Hayden, 19, of Owensboro, Ky., finished third on another Honda. Series leader Mat Mladin crashed twice, but got a break when his Suzuki teammate Jamie Hacking crashed and brought out the red flag. Mladin made the restart and took seventh.
Gobert lost the lead when he ran off the circuit in Turn Seven. He had to negotiate a gravel trap and another downed bike, but was able to get back on course in fourth. After his off-road excursion, Gobert ran a torrid pace (nearly five-seconds per lap faster than Duhamel and Hacking) and on lap 11 passed both to go back in the lead.
From that point on it was no contest. Gobert pulled out to over a five-second margin of victory. Duhamel finished alone in second after Hacking crashed a second time and retired from the race on lap 12. Nicky Hayden was the beneficiary of Hacking’s mistake and took the checkered flag third.
AMA Chevy Trucks Superbikes
At Road America
ELKHART LAKE, Wis.
Lap length: four miles
1. Anthony Gobert, Australia, Yamaha R7, 16.
2. Miguel Duhamel, Canada, Honda RC51, 16.
3. Nicky Hayden, Owensboro, Ky., Honda RC51, 16.
4. Andreas Meklau, Austria, Ducati 996, 16.
5. Eric Bostrom, Las Vegas, Kawasaki ZX7, 16.
6. Tommy Hayden, Owensboro, Ky., Yamaha R7, 16.
7. Mat Mladin, Australia, Suzuki GSXR750, 16.
8. Jordan Szoke, Canada, Harley-Davidson VR1000, 16.
9. Doug Chandler, Salinas, Calif., Kawasaki ZX7, 16.
10. John Jacobi, Carmel, Ind., Suzuki GSXR750, 16.
11. Andrew Deatherage, Cleveland, Suzuki GSXR750, 16.
12. Roger Hendricks, Ham Lake, Minn., Suzuki GSXR750, 16.
13. Dean Mizdal, Huntington Beach, Calif., Suzuki GSXR750, 15.
14. Alan Schmidt, Canada, Suzuki GSXR750, 15.
15. Brett Ray, West Frankfort, Ill., Suzuki GSXR750, 15.
16. Brett Boyd, Madison, Wis., Suzuki GSXR750, 15.
17. Michael Smith, Canton, Ga., Harley-Davidson VR1000, 15.
18. Richard Shaw, Princeton, Fla., Suzuki GSXR750, 15.
19. Jeffrey Purk, Des Moines, Iowa, Suzuki GSXR750, 14.
20. Aaron Yates, Milledgeville, Ga., Suzuki GSXR750, 13.
21. Jamie Hacking, Boiling Springs, S.C., Suzuki GSXR750, 12.
22. Greg Fryer, Blaine, Minn., Yamaha R7, 10.
23. Mike Walsh, Canada, Yamaha R7, 9.
24. Mauro Cereda, Sarasota, Fla., Suzuki GSXR750, 7.
25. Larry Pegram, Baltimore, Ohio, Ducati 996, 6.
26. Steve Rapp, Lafayette, Calif., Ducati 996, 4.
27. Kurtis Roberts, Hickman, Calif., Honda RC51, 4.
28. Randall Mennenga, Freeport, Ill., Suzuki GSXR750, 2.
29. Pascal Picotte, Canada, Harley-Davidson VR1000, 0.
Time of race: No time due to red flag.
Margin of victory: 5.591 seconds.
Lap leaders: Duhamel 1-2, 7-11. Gobert 3-6, 12-16.
Point standings (after six of 14 rounds):
1. Mat Mladin (198).
2. Eric Bostrom (163).
3. Tommy Hayden (139).
4. Doug Chandler (138).
5. Nicky Hayden (136).