Patrick Pons (24 December 1952 in Paris - 10 August 1980) was a French professional Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. His best year was in 1974 when he finished in third place in the 250cc and the 350cc world championships.[1] Pons became the first Frenchman to win an F.I.M. world championship when he won the 1979 Formula 750 title.

Patrick Pons
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Patrick Pons (1978).
NationalityFrench
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Grand Prix motorcycle racing
Active years1973 - 1980
First race1973 250cc French Grand Prix
Last race1980 500cc British Grand Prix
Team(s)Gauloises-Yamaha
ChampionshipsFormula 750 - 1979
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
59 0 11 1 0 274

In 1980, he won the prestigious Daytona 200.[2] He was killed in a racing accident at the 1980 British Grand Prix.[3][4]

Grand Prix motorcycle racing resultsEdit

Points system from 1969 onwards:

Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Points 15 12 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Points Rank Wins
1973 250cc Yamaha FRA
9
AUT
-
GER
-
IOM
-
YUG
-
NED
-
BEL
6
CZE
5
SWE
7
FIN
7
ESP
-
21 11th 0
350cc Yamaha FRA
-
AUT
-
GER
-
NAT
-
IOM
-
YUG
-
NED
-
CZE
8
SWE
8
FIN
-
ESP
3
16 13th 0
1974 250cc Yamaha GER
-
NAT
3
IOM
-
NED
4
BEL
7
SWE
3
FIN
-
CZE
5
YUG
2
ESP
-
50 3rd 0
350cc Yamaha FRA
4
GER
-
AUT
4
NAT
-
IOM
-
NED
3
SWE
2
FIN
10
YUG
4
ESP
-
47 3rd 0
500cc Yamaha FRA
-
GER
-
AUT
-
NAT
-
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
4
SWE
-
FIN
-
CZE
-
8 21st 0
1975 250cc Yamaha FRA
4
ESP
2
GER
5
NAT
5
IOM
-
NED
7
BEL
10
SWE
7
FIN
5
CZE
5
YUG
3
48 5th 0
350cc Yamaha FRA
-
ESP
-
AUT
5
GER
-
NAT
3
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
-
SWE
-
FIN
3
CZE
5
YUG
-
32 5th 0
500cc Yamaha FRA
5
ESP
-
AUT
-
GER
-
NAT
-
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
-
SWE
-
FIN
-
CZE
-
YUG
-
6 20th 0
1976 250cc Yamaha FRA
7
NAT
-
YUG
10
IOM
-
NED
-
BEL
-
SWE
10
FIN
-
CZE
-
GER
-
ESP
-
6 22nd 0
350cc Yamaha FRA
Ret
AUT
9
NAT
-
YUG
7
IOM
-
NED
2
FIN
-
CZE
-
GER
-
ESP
-
18 14th 0
1977 250cc Yamaha VEN
-
GER
-
NAT
-
ESP
-
FRA
-
YUG
10
NED
12
BEL
-
SWE
13
FIN
-
CZE
-
GBR
10
2 33rd 0
350cc Yamaha VEN
-
GER
-
NAT
-
ESP
5
FRA
-
YUG
-
NED
10
SWE
9
FIN
5
CZE
-
GBR
-
15 17th 0
1978 350cc Yamaha VEN
5
AUT
-
FRA
-
NAT
-
NED
-
SWE
-
FIN
-
GBR
10
GER
9
CZE
-
YUG
-
9 17th 0
1979 350cc Yamaha VEN
10
AUT
8
GER
-
NAT
-
ESP
5
YUG
9
NED
-
FIN
-
GBR
-
FRA
-
CZE
-
12 15th 0
1980 500cc Yamaha NAT
-
ESP
-
FRA
10
NED
10
BEL
8
FIN
6
GBR
-
GER
-
10 16th 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Patrick Pons career statistics at MotoGP.com
  2. ^ Daytona 200 winners at www.motorsportsetc.com Archived March 8, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Patrick Pons career profile at Motorsport Memorial
  4. ^ "Motorcycle racer dies of injuries". Schenectady Gazette. August 13, 1980. p. 19.

External linksEdit