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Patrick Pons

Patrick Pons


Born: 1-Dec-52

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.

Daytona 200 in 1980

Daytona 200 in 1980

Racing career

YearClassResult & Pole positionMachine
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)


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