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Rodney Gould

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Rodney Gould

Rodney Gould


Born: 1-Mar-43

Born March 1943. Took up racing in 1961 and made his World GP debut (DNF) in the Isle of Man TT (500cc class) in 1967. Also in 1967, had the opportunity to ride the TD-1C Yamaha production racer in the United States and was highly impressed. As a result, came across to Yamaha from the following year, participating in GP races around the world on the 250cc TD and 350cc TR series.

Gould's career reached its peak in the 1970s in the 250cc class. In a total of 12 races, he managed nine podium finishes, including six wins, making him the undisputed series champion. However, the following year he lost the title to Phil Read with a margin of just five points. In later years, he admitted that this was the most disappointing incident of his racing career. In 1972, the last season of his career, he rode the TR-3 a 350cc machine in the 500cc class. With two seconds and two thirds, he was ranked 4th and ended his career on a very high note.

Racing career

YearClassResult & Pole positionMachine
1970 250cc Champion PP: 0 1st: 6 2nd: 2 3rd: 1 TD-2
1971 250cc 2nd PP: 0 1st: 2 2nd: 1 3rd: 0 TD-3
1972 500cc 4th PP: 0 1st: 0 2nd: 2 3rd: 2 TR-3
1972 250cc 3rd PP: 0 1st: 2 2nd: 4 3rd: 1 TD-3(YZ635)

*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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