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Aprilia is an Italian motorcycle company, one of the marques owned by Piaggio. Having started as a manufacturer of bicycles it moved on to manufacture scooters and small-capacity motorcycles.
Aprilia manufactures motorcycles all across the riding spectrum, from small 50cc scooters up to literbike racers like the V-twin RSV Mille and the V4 RSV4 competing in the World Superbike championship – the only European manufacturer to claim such diversity. Founded in the small city of Noale, Italy, Aprilia joined the Piaggio Group in 2004 where the Italian firm now resides under the same umbrella with iconic brands like Vespa, Gilera and Moto Guzzi.
Aprilia’s greatest racing success has been in Grand Prix, where the small Italian brand has held its own with a total of 33 titles to its credit. Although competing at times in the premier class, Aprilia has excelled in the 125 and 250 GP series, where former championship riders include eventual MotoGP stars like Max Biaggi, Loris Capirossi, Jorge Lorenzo and even the Doctor himself, Valentino Rossi.