Suzuki started manufacturing motorcycles in 1952, the first models being motorized bicycles. A large factor in Suzuki’s success in two-stroke competition was the Grand Prix racer Ernst Degner. Degner won the 50 cc class F.I.M. road racing World Championship for them in the 1962 season. In the 1970s, Suzuki established themselves in the motorcycle racing world with Barry Sheene and Roger De Coster winning world championships in the premier 500 cc division in road racing and motocross respectively. Suzuki continues to compete in MotoGP and last won the title in the 2000 season. Since 2006, the team is sponsored by Rizla and is known as Rizla Suzuki MotoGP team.