Aprilia is an Italian manufacturer owned by Piaggio specialized in producing scooters, small-capacity motorcycles and large sport-bikes. Founded in 1945 by Cavaliere Alberto Beggio, Aprilia initially produced bicycles. Production of moped and motorcycles began in late 1960s when Alberto’s son took charge of the company. During the 1970s Aprilia rolled out a motocross bike which was produced until the end of the decade. 1980s marked outsourcing of engines to Austrian company Rotax and launch of small sports models. It was in 1990s that Aprilia forayed in the scooter segment and came up with Italy’s first all-plastic scooter named Amico. An active participant in the motorcycle sports, Aprilia has contested many Road Racing formulae. It made international racing debut in the Motocross World Championship in 1976 and continued to participate until 1981. Aprilia turned its focus to the Grand Prix Road Racing world championship in 1985 and won the first world championship race in 1991 at the Czechoslovak motorcycle Grand Prix. The company was acquired by Piaggio & C. SpA in 2004 and in 2016, parent company introduced Aprilia brand in India.