Born December 1952. In 1979 took the Formula 750 world title on a TZ750. The first Frenchman to win a world title. Pons, who rode Yamaha machines since 1973 and raced in the GP250cc and 350cc series, achieved a ranking of 3rd in 1974 in the 250cc class. Also raced in the F750 in the same year. From 1977, when the Formula 750 achieved world championship status, focused on the F750. In 1979, his third year of racing in the event, in ten races and 20 heats mounted the podium 11 times (including for four wins) and took the title. The following year, 1980, rode a TZ750 to victory in the Daytona 200, chalking up a 9th consecutive Daytona win for Yamaha. However, in a GP race in that year, met with an accident and tragically lost his life.
|Year||Class||Result & Pole position||Machine|
|1974||350cc||3rd||PP: 1||1st: 0||2nd: 1||3rd: 1||TZ350|
|1974||250cc||3rd||PP: 0||1st: 0||2nd: 1||3rd: 2||TZ250|
|1975||350cc||5th||PP: 0||1st: 0||2nd: 0||3rd: 2||TZ350|
|1975||250cc||5th||PP: 0||1st: 0||2nd: 1||3rd: 1||TZ250|
|1979||F750||Champion||PP: -||1st: 4||2nd: 3||3rd: 4||TZ750|
*Results for years with a Yamaha factory team, riding a Yamaha factory machine or ranked 5th or higher riding a Yamaha production racer (World GP, World F750)