HistoryThe Aprilia firm is born with the end from the Second world war from the desire from Cavaliere Alberto Beggio to build bicycles.
In 1968, the son of Alberto, Ivano, joined his/her father with the head of the company. Finding the construction of exceeded bicycle, it creates a prototype of 50 cm ³. The reception of the public was cordial. The first models to start production to large scales are named Colibri, Daniela and Packi. They are followed little time afterwards by a whole ground, Scarabeo, which is presented in 1970 in two cubic capacities, 50 and 125 cm ³. Scarabéo to remain in manufacture during almost ten years.
The mark is a great success, since the production passed from 150 to 12000 vehicles per annum in 10 years. Paradoxically, success in Italy is very relative. The beginning of the year 1980 is difficult for the mark. The blaze of the oil prices obliges the leaders to take a new direction. Until there producing of motor bikes leisures (cross-country race, enduro) or Mobylettes, the first large models road appeared. Aprilia developed its range in the Trial, the Enduro and the motor bikes of road, proposed with various cubic capacities, from 50 to 600 cm ³. In 1985 a cooperation agreement is signed with the Austrian Rotax for the supply of engines. In 1986 Aprilia presents Tuareg, the first motor bike derived from the motor bikes of the African Rallys. After such results in race, Aprilia markets Aprilia RS 50 been driven by Minarelli engines and Aprilia RS 125.
During years 1990 Aprilia present of new models of series which are large business successes like Aprilia Pegaso into 50,125,600 and 650 cm ³, the traditional scooter Amico as well as Scarabéo with wheels of large diameter. Another scooter is an immense success, Leonardo, into 125 and 150 cm ³ and then into 250 and 300 cm ³. In 1998, Aprilia engages in the sector of the large motor bikes with Aprilia RSV Thousand and Falco, driving twin-cylinder out of V with 60° of 990 cm ³, which allows a better distribution of the weight and supports the handling and safety.
The series production Aprilia continues with the launching of Aprilia CapoNord, Futura and Tuono all with the twin-cylinder inherited the RSV Thousand.
In 2004 the Aprilia company knows a radical transformation in its capital with its repurchase by Italian Piaggio SpA. With this repurchase, the group Piaggio SpA gives rise to the fourth world group of the 2 wheels, with a capacity of manufacture of 600.000 vehicles per annum and a turnover of 1,5 billion euros, and a direct presence in more than 50 countries.
CompetitionThe mark took part in various tests: cross-country race, trial, Paris-Dakar, speed.
In 1977 Aprilia begins the competition and sees its first victories in particular in the Italian championship of motocross classes 125 and 250 with the Milanese pilot Ivan Alborghetti. Aprilia was classified sixth the following year, with this same pilot, with the world Championship of motocross.
The sports activity of the mark develops at the end of the years 1980, Aprilia takes part in the Championship of the world of Trial and the Championnats of the world speed motor bike in 250 cm ³. After two seasons of development, on August 30th 1987, Aprilia records its first victory in a Grand Prix, that of San Marino.
In 1992 the Aprilia motor bikes gain long series of victories in the world championships of 125 cm ³ and in the championship of trial. It is on the whole more than 200 victories that the Aprilia stable records to date thanks to the famous pilots like Biaggi, Capirossi, Gramigni, Locatelli and Rossi.
Although it was a young low-size company vis-a-vis the Japanese giants, Aprilia always devoted a maximum of energy for the competitions, in particular the championship of the world where Aprilia engaged practically in all the catégrories and obtained on several occasions world titles into 125 and 250 cm ³.
After having tried out various solutions to impose itself in the queen category of 500 cm ³, with the RS ³, solutions often very in the avant-garde, Aprilia withdrew itself in 2004. Aprilia gained very many successes in competition of trial, motocross and Supermotard, in particular thanks to the excellent characteristics of the engine twin-cylinder out of V of 450 cm ³.
At the end of 2007, Aprilia counts 280 victories in all the categories, and 37 championships of the world:
- pilot Titles 125 cm: 8
- 1992: Alessandro Gramigni
- 1994 : Kazuto Sakata
- 1997 : Valentino Rossi
- 1998: Kazuto Sakata
- 2000 : Roberto Locatelli
- 2002 : Arnaud Vincent
- 2006: Alavaro Bautista
- 2007 : Gabor Talmacsi
- Titles manufacturers 125 cm: 7
- 1996; 1997; 2002; 2003; 2004; 2006; 2007
- pilot Titles 250 cm: 9
- 1994: max Biaggi
- 1995: max Biaggi
- 1996: max Biaggi
- 1998: Loris Capirossi
- 1999 : Valentino Rossi
- 2002: Marco Melandri
- 2003 : Manual Poggiali
- 2006: Jorge Lorenzo
- 2007 : Jorge Lorenzo
- Titles manufacturers 250 cm: 7
- 1995; 1998; 1999; 2002; 2003; 2006; 2007
- pilot Titles S2: 2
- 2004: Jerome Giraudo
- 2006: Thierry Van den Bosch
- Titles S2 manufacturers: 2
- 2006; 2007
- Title pilots: 1
- 1992: Tommy Avhala
- Title manufacturer: 1
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