BORN INTO RACING
After the début in the Motocross sport in 1975, Aprilia enters World Championship Motorcycle Racing to challenge the unbeatable Japanese in the extremely competitive 250 class.
Consecration arrives in 2000: participating for the first time in Superbike with an official team, Aprilia astonishes: Troy Corser takes five victories and four Superpoles, just missing the title. In the World Motorcycle Racing Championship the triumphs continue: Roberto Locatelli is World Champion in the 125 class for the fifteenth world title in Aprilia history.
But a revolution is just around the corner and in 2009 Aprilia's most ambitious project yet begins. Simultaneously with the launch of the RSV4 on the market, a revolutionary supersport bike, characterised by an extremely advanced 1000 cc, 4 cylinder 60° V engine, Aprilia Racing plans its return to the World Superbike championship. The rider Aprilia chooses for the project is Max Biaggi whose return to Noale comes twelve years after his last title in the 250 class, with Shinja Nakano riding alongside him. The first year shows continuous growth for the bike and the first victory comes on the track at Brno. Eight more podiums are added to that victory to confirm the quality of the project and the skills of the rider. 3 world titles arrive from MotoGP: the 125 rider title with Spaniard Julian Simon Simon and the manufacturer title both in 125 and 250. In 2009 the first results for the two cylinder RXV 4.5 also arrive, a bike which Aprilia uses in the great raids of the Rally world: in the Pharaoh's Rally Paolo Ceci takes the victory in the 450 class and Aprilia ends with a solid fourth place, racing against bikes with much larger engines. It is the prologue for the Aprilia RXV 4.5's introduction to the Dakar 2010.
In the most famous and gruelling of the off-road races, Aprilia RXV takes an incredible third place with Chilean Francisco Lopez (winner of three rounds) and dominates in the 450 SP class with Paolo Ceci.
Aprilia Racing won the 2011 Supermoto S1 World Championship. Both Rider and Manufacturer titles arrived in the last race: local star Adrien Chareyre, from Fast Wheels Team, on Aprilia 4.5, won the world titles at stake in the decisive French GP.
After the American round at Laguna Seca the advantage Sykes (Kawasaki) had built up over Guintoli was 44 points, a huge gap with just three rounds left in the season. Since then the RSV4 and its riders were on the comeback trail, proving to be unbeatable. At Jerez and Magny-Cours Aprilia dominated the races winning three times with Melandri (and Guintoli second each time) and once with Guintoli (and Melandri second). These were extremely significant points that allowed Aprilia to catch up and overtake Kawasaki in the Manufacturer World Championship and Guintoli to turn up at the Qatar round trailing Sykes by just 12 points.
The championship season saw the track début of the Aprilia RS-GP, the first MotoGP bike designed and built entirely by the Italian Racing Department, beginning with the exclusive "narrow" V4 engine which has by now become Aprilia's calling card. Confirmed riders, Álvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl demonstrated consistent progress with a total of 26 finishes in the points for the 18 races on the MotoGP calendar, results that would take the Aprilia team to seventh place at the end of the season.
In World Superbike, the RSV4 machines were managed by a satellite team (the riders were Alex De Angelis and Lorenzo Savadori, making his WSBK début). The RSV4 thereby continued demonstrating its value in the factory derivative championship. In MotoAmerica, Claudio Corti and Team HSBK (competing in Superstock 1000) brought home several podium finishes, even ahead of the more powerful Superbikes. In the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup, Kevin Calia finished the season in third place, boasting seven finishes in the points (with two podiums) in the eight races held.