Aprilia closes on MV Agusta GP Wins

Aprilia GP Wins

Although the 250cc class (now Moto2), in which Aprilia have had their most GP victories, is no longer part of the World Championship series, they still have a major presence in the 125cc class.

The victory for Hector Barbera in the last ever 250cc race at Valencia last year was the 274th victory for Aprilia across all classes. One more Grand Prix victory will place them equal with MV Agusta as the third most successful manufacturer of all-time in Grand Prix racing and also most successful non-Japanese manufacturer.

Honda is the most successful manufacturer in terms of Grand Prix wins with 630 across MotoGP, 500cc, 350cc, 250cc, 125cc and 50cc. The only class is which Honda shows no wins, the 80cc category.

Yamaha has the second most Grand Prix victories with 450 across MotoGP, 500cc, 350cc, 250cc and 125cc catagory.

MV Agusta is third with 275, Aprilia is fourth with 274 across only 250cc and 125cc, Suzuki is fifth with 155 wins with 89 coming in the 500cc class and only 1 in MotoGP. Derbi is sixth with 93 wins. Kawasaki is seventh with 85.

Another notable fact is that only 4 motorcycle manufacturers have ever won a MotoGP race. Honda, Yamaha, Ducati and Suzuki.

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One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007 and is currently Editor at Large at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of 365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).