25 Facts About Aprilia


Aprilia later produced a motocross bike in 1970 called the Scarabeo.

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In 1984 Aprilia launched an improved model called STX, and an enduro, called the ET 50.

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In 1985, Aprilia started outsourcing engines for some models to the Austrian company Rotax.

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In 1986 Aprilia launched the AF1; a small sports model, and the Tuareg; a large tanked bike for African rallies like the Dakar Rally.

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In 1990 Aprilia launched the Pegaso 600, a road bike derived from off-road mechanics.

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Also in the 1990s, Aprilia entered the scooter market starting in 1990 with Italy's first all-plastic scooter, the Amico.

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In 1992, Aprilia introduced the Amico LK and the two stroke Pegaso 125, both with catalytic converters.

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In 1993 Aprilia launched a large diameter wheel scooter reusing the name Scarabeo with a four-stroke, four-valve engine.

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In 1995, Aprilia commissioned Philippe Starck to design the Moto which was shown in New York's Modern Art Museum.

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Also in 1995 Aprilia launched the two stroke RS 125 and RS 250 sports bikes.

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In 1998 Aprilia launched the RSV Mille, a 1000cc V-Twin Superbike, and the Falco, a 1000cc V-Twin sport tourer with emphasis on sport.

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In 1999 Aprilia entered World Superbike Championship racing with its RSV Mille, and during 2000, Aprilia acquired Moto-Guzzi and Laverda, both historic heritage Italian marques.

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On 15 August 2010, Aprilia became the most successful motorcycle racing brand in history, surpassing fellow Italian MV Agusta with a record 276th victory.

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Aprilia has returned to World Superbike since the 2009 season and in MotoGP since the 2012 season.

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Aprilia made their international racing debut in the Motocross World Championship competing in the 125cc class from 1976 until 1981 with a best result being a fifth place in the 1979 season with rider Corrado Maddi.

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Aprilia won their first world championship race at the 1991 Czechoslovak motorcycle Grand Prix with rider Alessandro Gramigni winning the 125cc race.

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Aprilia left the MotoGP class at the end of 2004 and then left the lower classes when two-stroke engines were banned.

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Aprilia set the record for the most points earned by a manufacturer in a single season from the 125cc class with 410 points in 2007.

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Aprilia rejoined the MotoGP class in 2012, taking advantage of the newly introduced Claiming Rule Team category that encouraged independent teams with lower budgets to use bikes from manufacturers not officially involved in MotoGP.

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In 2015, Aprilia partnered with Gresini Racing as a factory-supported independent team.

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In 2022, Aprilia entered the series as an official factory team for the first time since 2004.

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Aprilia entered the Superbike World Championship in 1999 using a homologation special version of their V-twin road bike RSV Mille.

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In February 2008, Aprilia debuted a V-4 superbike, the RSV4, for the 2009 Superbike World Championship.

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Aprilia won its first Superbike world championship in 2010 with Max Biaggi, claiming both the riders and the manufacturers titles.

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Aprilia debuted in the FIM Supermoto World Championship in 2004 and since then it has won many titles in both S1 and S2 classes.

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