APRILIA is an Italian motorcycle company, in which one of the marques owned by PIAGGIO. They started from a scooter manufacture and have got the market for its race-winning sports bike. Company was founded in the year 1945 at its headquarters Noale, Italy. Company was started after the 2nd world war by ALBERTO BEGGIO as a bicycle manufacturer. It is even known for its flagship 1000cc v-twin superbike. As this is a small company by global motorcycling standards, APRILIA is very active in motorcycle sports. It participated in many road racing formulae, including the now-defunct 125cc, 250cc, 500cc grand prix of FIM world championship. From 1999 till 2002 they participated in the FIM superbike championship, and from 2002 to 2004 they participated in the FIM MotoGP. From 2009 season they were in the world superbike and form 2012 season they entered in to MotoGP. They were also in the off-road racing worls, with their 450cc V-2 motocross.