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Dec 22, 2000

Aaron Gobert Signs With Graves Yamaha

Aaron Gobert, the 20-year-old younger brother of Anthony Gobert, has signed a one-year contract with Team Graves Motorsport Yamaha to race in Formula Xtreme and 600cc Supersport. The deal, signed on December 22, includes a first right-of-refusal clause for a second year.

"This kid is the most talented kid I've see since Kevin Schwantz," said Chuck Graves of Team Graves Motorsport Yamaha. "This kid has more talent than his older brother. I took this kid out to Willow Springs with a totally stock Supersport 600, he'd never seen the racetrack before, never ridden a 600 before, never ridden on Michelin tires, and by the end of the second day he had already gone 1:23.11. Some of the stuff that I saw him do in the Formula One race proved to me that not only could he do good lap times, but that he could race. And that's a really important part. You see a lot of guys who can cut good lap times, but only a handful of guys who are real racers. I'm just really exited to have the kid on my team."

Gobert joins fellow Aussie Damon Buckmaster on the Graves Yamaha team.

Graves also officially announced that his team has signed a three-year tire use and endorsement contract with Dunlop.