Jul 21, 2001
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<BR>Yamaha's Anthony Gobert has been fined $2500 and put on probation until the end of the 2001 season for his actions against Yoshimura Suzuki's Jamie Hacking on the cool-down lap after the Laguna Seca 600cc Supersport race.<BR><BR>In an on-camera interview with Speedvision, Gobert said that he tried to knock Hacking down in retaliation for what he viewed as Hacking's rough riding in various AMA 600cc Supersport races.<BR><BR>Asked why Gobert's penalty was less severe than the $5000-and-a-point penalty assessed against Mat Mladin for his comments at a press conference during the Loudon AMA weekend, AMA Pro Racing's Ron Barrick said, "What most people don't realize is that with Mladin this has been an on-going thing for years. He's been good for the last year or so, but we've been fighting with him over this stuff for years. With Gobert, it's his first offense."<BR><BR>Gobert was suspended from three races in 1998 by the AMA, after failing a drug test.<BR><BR>Mladin has been an outspoken critic of the AMA over several issues.<BR>