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Written by Paul Tipler   
Sunday, 23 January 2011 11:40

Gilera or MV ‘fire-engines’ which really was the greatest?

 

If the argument is which manufacturer had more success then (unfortunately) MV would win hands down for two basic reasons;

 

MV competed in 125, 250, 350 and 500 classes.  Gilera was primarily only competing in the 500 class with very limited competing of 350s and even less in 125s.

 

The end of 1957 saw Gilera (amongst others) withdraw their works teams and support whereas MV (after originally also deciding to withdraw) continued racing with almost no ‘proper’ competition.

 

The only real test of the argument is surely to compare the two manufactures when they were competing on an even basis, and that is when the 500s of both teams actually raced each other. (Placings used are up to and including 6th)

 

1950 

Belgian GP  Gilera 1st, 2nd, 4th   MV 5th

Dutch GP    Gilera 1st, 2nd, 4th   MV none placed

Swiss GP     Gilera 2nd, 3rd  MV none placed

Ulster GP     Gilera 6th MV none placed

Italian GP     Gilera 2nd, 4th, 5th   MV 3rd

 

World Championship  Gilera (Umberto Masetti)

1951  

Spanish GP  Gilera 1st  MV 3rd, 5th

Swiss GP      Gilera none placed  MV 4th

Belgian GP    Gilera  2nd, 5th  MV none placed

Dutch GP      Gilera  2nd  MV none placed

French GP     Gilera  1st, 3rd, 4th  MV none placed

Ulster GP       Gilera  3rd, 4th  MV none placed

Italian GP      Gilera  1st, 2nd, 3rd  MV none placed

 

1952

Swiss GP      Gilera 4th  MV 3rd

TT                 Gilera none placed  MV 2nd

Dutch GP      Gilera  1st, 6th  MV none placed

Belgian GP   Gilera  1st, 6th  MV none placed

German GP   Gilera  none placed  MV  4th

Ulster GP       Gilera  1st  MV  3rd

Italian GP       Gilera  2nd, 3rd, 5th  MV 1st , 4th

Spanish GP   Gilera  2nd, 4th  MV 1st

 

World Championship  Gilera (Umberto Masetti)

1953

TT                   Gilera  3rd  MV none placed

Dutch GP       Gilera  1st, 2nd, 4th  MV none placed

Belgian GP    Gilera  1st, 3rd, 6th  MV none placed

French GP     Gilera  1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th  MV none placed

Ulster GP       Gilera  2nd, 4th  MV none placed

Swiss GP       Gilera  1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th  MV none placed

Italian GP       Gilera  1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th  MV  5th, 6th

Spanish GP    Gilera  3rd, 4th, 5th  MV  2nd

 

World Championship  Gilera (Geoff Duke)

1954

French GP      Gilera  1st, 2nd  MV none placed

TT                    Gilera  2nd, 4th  MV none placed

Belgian GP     Gilera  1st, 3rd  MV none placed

Dutch GP        Gilera  1st  MV 3rd, 5th

German GP     Gilera  1st, 3rd  MV none placed

Swiss GP        Gilera  1st, 3rd  MV none placed

Italian GP        Gilera  1st, 2nd, 5th  MV 3rd, 4th

Spanish GP    Gilera  none placed  MV 1st

 

World Championship  Gilera (Geoff Duke)

1955

Spanish GP    Gilera  1st, 4th  MV 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th

French GP      Gilera  1st, 2nd, 3rd  MV 4th

TT                    Gilera  1st, 2nd  MV none placed

German GP     Gilera  1st, 5th  MV 3rd, 4th

Belgian GP      Gilera  1st, 2nd, 3rd  MV none placed

Dutch GP         Gilera  1st, 2nd, 4th  MV 3rd

Italian GP         Gilera  2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th  MV 1st

 

World Championship  Gilera (Geoff Duke)

1956

TT                    Gilera  none placed  MV 1st

Dutch GP        Gilera  none placed  MV 1st

Belgian GP     Gilera  3rd, 5th  MV 1st

German GP    Gilera  1st 3rd  MV 2nd

Italian GP        Gilera  1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th  MV 5th

 

World Championship  MV (John Surtees)

1957

German GP    Gilera  1st, 2nd  MV 5th

TT                    Gilera  1st, 3rd  MV 2nd

Dutch GP        Gilera  2nd  MV 1st

Ulster GP        Gilera  1st, 2nd, 3rd  MV 6th

Italian GP        Gilera  1st, 2nd, 3rd, MV 4th, 5th, 6th

 

World Championship  Gilera (Libero Liberati)

 

And that, your Honour is the case for the Title of best bike to be presented to Gilera.  (6  World 500cc Championships to Gilera, 1 to MV)

 

The Judge (myself) deemed that MVs insistence that results after 1957 should also be counted, be dismissed as they were not competitive results against Gilera, and duly presented the title of “La Marca dei Primate” to Gilera.

 

CASE CLOSED !!!  (and that's why you can be proud to own a Gilera).

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