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13AMG officially disavows partnership with Ducati

Can't say we didn't see this one coming. Hot on the heels of Audi's official announcement that it had acquired the Ducati brand from Investindustrial Group, AMG, the in-house performance arm of German automaker Mercedes-Benz, has ended its "marketing cooperation" with the storied Italian motorcycle brand.

9Rumormill: AMG considering full takeover of Ducati?

Ducati Diavel posing with Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG – Click above for high-res image gallery

5AMG and Ducati announce partnership, will sponsor MotoGP effort

It's a good time to jump on the Ducati MotoGP bandwagon. Sure, the Italian motorcycle manufacturer always fields a highly competitive juggernaut of a racing team, despite being a small fraction of the size of its chief rivals. But, with the recent signing of fan-favorite and nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi, it would seem that the focus will never be more, um, focused on the bright red racers.

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