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Aprilia remember founder Ivano Beggio

The Piaggio Group and Aprilia affectionately and respectfully remember Ivano Beggio, founder of Aprilia, who has passed away at 73

Tags MotoGP, 2018

The founder of Aprilia, Ivano Beggio, has passed away. Born in 1944, his passion for two wheels began in his father's Aprilia handmade bicycle factory, innovating and diversifying production with the introduction of motorcycles and scooters.

In 1975, Beggio established a small team for the production of racing motorcycles which, thanks to technical-productive innovation, soon made a name for itself, so much that it won the Italian motocross championship in the 125 and 250 cc classes in 1977. From 1980, Aprilia began to mass produce small engine motorcycles (50 and 125 cc), then launching highly successful, aesthetically and technologically innovative models on the market for urban mobility.

With 294 Grand Prix races won between 1987 and the present, Aprilia holds the record for the most wins of any European manufacturer in the history of GP motorcycle competition. These race wins are joined by no less than 54 world titles: 38 in the World Motorcycle Championship (20 in the 125 class and 18 in the 250 class), 7 in Superbike (double Rider/Manufacturer title in 2010, 2012 and 2014, as well as Manufacturer in 2013) and 9 in the Off Road disciplines (7 in Supermoto and 2 in Trial). The Aprilia trophy case also includes the 2005 Superstock 1000 FIM Cup, won with the RSV4 RF ridden by Lorenzo Savadori, who is currently riding an Aprilia in World Superbike alongside Eugene Laverty.

With 294 Grand Prix races won between 1987 and the present, Aprilia holds the record for the most wins of any European manufacturer in the history of maximum motorcycle competition. These race wins are joined by no less than 54 world titles: 38 in the World Motorcycle Championship (20 in the 125 class and 18 in the 250 class), 7 in Superbike (double Rider/Manufacturer title in 2010, 2012 and 2014, as well as Manufacturer in 2013) and 9 in the Off Road disciplines (7 in Supermoto and 2 in Trial). The Aprilia trophy case also includes the 2005 Superstock 1000 FIM Cup, won with the RSV4 RF ridden by Lorenzo Savadori, who is currently riding an Aprilia in World Superbike alongside Eugene Laverty.

“Ivano Beggio succeeded in combining the skills and courage of an entrepreneur with creativity and a genuine passion for motorcycles,” says Roberto Colaninno, Chairman and CEO of the Piaggio Group, of which Aprilia has been a part since 2004. “He was a visionary ahead of his time and the extraordinary combination of these factors allowed him to create, practically from nothing, one of the most brilliant stories in the Italian motorcycle industry, making a dream come true. Continuing to race and improve the Aprilia brand around the world is the best way to honour his memory.”

“You need to think about the champions that Aprilia has groomed and the victories it has collected to understand the importance of Ivano Beggio's project,” adds Romano Albesiano, Aprilia Racing Manager. “Thinking about challenging the Japanese on the track, going up against the largest manufacturers in the world starting from zero and in the end winning means putting mind and soul together. Great management skills and a lot of love for our world.”

Beggio is also remembered by world champion Max Biaggi, who began his brilliant career with Ivano Beggio and Aprilia in 1992: “Ivano Beggio was part of my life as an athlete - a sort of father in racing to me. He gave me his trust and a competitive bike when, after winning the European championship, also on Aprilia, I was little more than a boy. His was a brave choice, but also intelligent. And these are the two aspects that I remember most clearly about Ivano Beggio - knowing how to place a lot of passion at the service of his skills in order to always find the strength and energy for an extra step. This was also instrumental in achieving my many wins with Aprilia.”

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