SONOMA, Calif. (May 6, 2001) - Anthony Gobert took the lead with three laps remaining and held off a furious charge by Nicky Hayden to win the American Motorcyclist Association Superbike Challenge on Sunday at Sears Point Raceway. It was the ...
SONOMA, Calif. (May 6, 2001) - Anthony Gobert took the lead with three laps remaining and held off a furious charge by Nicky Hayden to win the American Motorcyclist Association Superbike Challenge on Sunday at Sears Point Raceway.
It was the sixth victory of Gobert's career and the first Superbike victory for Yamaha since 1998 at Daytona International Speedway. Moreover, it was Yamaha's first Superbike win at Sears Point Raceway since 1994.
But the victory didn't come easy for Gobert, who managed to pass Hayden (Honda) on lap 24 of the 26-lap feature. Gobert slid inside of Hayden entering Turn 7 and survived several challenges to take the checkered flag. This was the second round of the U.S. Chevy Trucks Superbike Championship.
"This is probably the best feeling I've had for victory in my whole life," said a dehydrated Gobert following the race. "Those last 10 laps I was dying but I wanted to win so bad. Nicky gave it one hell of a fight but I was just lucky to have enough for him."
Hayden made his final bid for the lead in Turn 11 of the last lap but he just didn't have the power to get by the Yamaha rider.
"That last lap I knew it was going to be close," Hayden said. "I thought I might be able to pass him on Turn 11 but I just couldn't get it done. Anthony did a great job."
Aaron Yates finished in third place for Suzuki, while teammate Mat Mladin took fourth. Mladin, the 1999 winner at Sears Point Raceway, was the pole-sitter for Sunday's feature.
Gobert was able to pull off the rare double as he also took first place for Yamaha in the Pro Honda Oils 600 SuperSport final. Other winners on the day were in Roland Sands (Yamaha) in the MBNA 250 Grand Prix and Mike Ciccotto (Buell) in Buell Pro Thunder.