Honda contested its first MotoGP (née 500cc) world championship in 1966 and is now contesting its 42nd season. Suzuki arrived five years later, dipping in and out according to management whim and wallet, its experience now totalling 44 seasons.
Ducati also raced its first MotoGP event in 1971, but soon withdrew and only returned in 2003, making a total of 21 years in the class. Yamaha started in 1973 and has so far completed 49 seasons. Aprilia has also been in and out, since 1994, and is currently contesting its 16th season of MotoGP
KTM commenced its first MotoGP campaign in March 2017. Its RC16 MotoGP bike achieved its first victories last year and has won more races this season. The company’s progress in the most challenging class in motorcycling has been something of a miracle.