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Hailwood won nine moto GP world championships between 1961 and 1967. He also won 76 GP and 14 TT at the Isle of Man. He won his first four championships on the dominant MV Augusta . In 1966, he switched to Honda. Honda had the most powerful engines at the time, but were known as difficult to drive because of their weak chassis. Hailwood's great skill overcame the disadvantages however, to continue recording world championships until 1967. Honda pulled out of top level motor racing in 1968, but continued to pay Hailwood with the expectation of returning. Hailwood never returned to full-time motorcycle racing.
He participated in 50 grands prix, debuting on July 20, 1963. He achieved 2 podiums, and scored a total of 29 championship points. He is best known in F1, not for winning, but saving the life of Clay Regazzoni. In the 1973 South African GP , Hailwood stopped his car on the circuit to pull Regazzoni from his burning car after an accident. He left Formula one after being injured at the 1974 German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring.
In 1978, he returned to racing motorcycles at the age of 38! Racing the TT races at the Isle of Man, he was not only competive, but managed to win.
Complete Formula One results
(Note: grands prix in bold denote points scoring races.)
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