Off-road racing was Aprilia's debut in competition. That’s nothing strange for a brand that revealed its off-road soul with its very first models in the ‘70s, such as the Scarabeo.
In 1974, Aprilia’s first race bike was a 125cc motocross machine. As early as 1977 came the first Italian titles in the 125 and 250 classes and, in 1978, the first podiums in the World Championship.
In 1985, Aprilia began its roadracing adventure in the 250cc class, but the first world championship title had to wait until Trials in 1992. Seven more off-road world titles came between 2004 and 2011 with the twin-cylinder SXV 450 and 550—three rider and four manufacturer titles.