His carried the colors of Yamaha in his first five number one rankings and MV Augusta in 19.
Read's final race was in 1982 at age 43 when he participated in the Isle of Man TT.
For these reasons, his books had a strong sense of realism that attracted many readers.2.
Predator (2004) as Maxwell Stafford; Trial & Retribution VIII (2004) as Colin Thorpe; Keen Eddie (2003–2004) as Supt.
Nathanial Johnson; Die Another Day (2002) as Charles Robinson; Resident Evil (2002) as One; The World Is Not Enough (1999) as Charles Robinson; Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) as Charles Robinson and Prime Suspect 2 (1992) as Detective Sergeant Robert Oswalde.
Overall, his books have sold over 170 million copies around the world and have been translated into 40 languages.
Some of his books were made into movies, including "Airport," which became a blockbuster.
From 1939 to 1947, he served in the Royal Air Force and later moved to Canada and then to California.
His novels, which are set in various industrial and commercial settings, are known for their dramatic human conflict and thoroughly researched information.
Overall, he notched 50 Grand Prix Tour victories from 1963 to 1976.
He was ranked number one in the world seven times in either the 125cc or 250cc class, including 1964, 1965, 1968 (both 125cc and 250cc), 1971, 19.
He also appeared in the sixth episode of the BBC Three comedy, Little Miss Jocelyn, where he played himself.