Changing from one partner to another normally does not sound good, but the announcement of the AMG and Ducati going into partnership for the Ducati Moto-GP sounds very interesting! Adding more spice to that is Moto-GP nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi signing up with Ducati! (Wait a minute – does this mean he could be doing some test drives on a silver arrow?) The Italian two-wheel manufacturer is not as big as its main competitors in the Moto-GP but is always near the top to give them a run for their money, hopefully a good move for Rossi!
The partnership could also hinge on for a better market share in United States for both Mercedes Benz and Ducati. This is to put reference to the U.S. Kentucky Kid Nicholas “Nicky” Patrick Hayden who joined Ducati starting on the 2009 Moto-GP Season. Mercedes-Benz AMG performance division had him along in the LA auto Show with the announcement of the partnership with Ducati. The financial support and technology that AMG could bring in the partnership will be a boost for Ducati in its sights for future Moto-GP championships and improving its market share in the U.S.
We cannot speculate on how deep-rooted the partnership will go and for how long it will be. With Mercedes Benz as Ducati’s Official Car Partner on the 2011 Moto-GP season, only time will tell how strong their relationship will be. Test drives at selected events for the partners will create better bonds and should be interesting for all car and motorcycle racing fans to see.