Hailwood’s string of 12 wins was run up in 1963 and ’64 when Mike was the only MV rider on the grid, but he did face and beat top-class rivals John Hartle, Derek Minter, and Phil Read on four-cylinder Gileras over the eight-race 1963 season. Hailwood won the ’63 opener on the Isle of Man but failed to finish at the Dutch TT, where Hartle won from Read in a Gilera one-two. After that, Gilera faded. Read and Hartle both missed races due to injury, and the Gilera retired on one occasion with an oil leak. Hailwood won the remaining six races. Gilera, having already lost the title, did not enter its team at the final race of the season in Argentina and then retired at the end of the season, leaving MV without a rival in 1965. Hailwood, having ended the ’64 season with six wins in a row, added six more to that total in ’65 before Count Agusta decided, with the title already won, to rest his team, sitting out the Ulster and Finnish GPs, before the final in Monza where Hailwood won from Argentine Benedicto Caldarella. It was the swan-song run for grand old Gilera.