Anthony Gobert, considered to have been the most talented man in international motorcycle road racing, has been charged with robbery.
Gobert, 33, is accused of taking two $20 bills from the hand of a senior citizen this week at a supermarket checkout in Surfers Paradise, Queensland, according to Australian news sources.
The next day, Gobert allegedly took a woman’s purse on the street.
Gobert, who is currently unemployed, told the court he had applied for a job at Subway.
In the 1990s, when he raced World Superbike, Gobert was brilliant, but his career went off track due in part to drug abuse. He also raced in the GP 500 class and in AMA Superbike, and won a number of races in various classes. Nicknamed “The Go-Show,” Anthony Gobert first came to the fans’ notice in the 1994 Australia WSB event, where he entered as a wild card and then took pole and a win. His brothers Alex and Aaron are well-known AMA road racers and show none of Anthony’s eccentricities.