The annual launch of Ducati and Ferrari's season got underway today at the Italian ski resort of Madonna di Campiglio. The Wrooom event was opened with the official presentation of Ducati MotoGP riders Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden, alongside Ferrari's Formula 1 drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, followed by an official dinner.
Though Rossi and Hayden are present, the expected star of the show will be absent: Ducati will not be presenting the 2012 Desmosedici GP12 at Wrooom, and the bike will make its first public appearance at the Sepang test on January 31st. Ducati Corse project leader Filippo Preziosi told French journalist Michel Turco of Moto Revue that Ducati had planned to do this since November. The bike will be taken to Jerez for a shakedown test; however, it is as yet unclear whether the bike will be tested by Carlos Checa in Spain, or if only test rider Franco Battaini will take the new bike out on the track.
Much will be cleared up about the new bike on Wednesday, when Preziosi will face an extended grilling by the assembled motorcycle media. On Tuesday, it is the turn of Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden to face the press.
Below is the official press release from the first day of the Wrooom event:
The spotlight is on Wrooom 2012, tomorrow is Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden's day
Fans, snow and a brand-new 1199 Ducati Panigale Tricolore, displayed in the reception area of the Wrooom conference room at Madonna di Campiglio, welcomed the arrival of Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden for the twenty-second edition of the Wrooom Press Ski Meeting. Tomorrow, the two Ducati riders will star in the press conference for the first day of the event, which symbolically kicks off the Italian motorsport season. Wednesday will be the turn of Filippo Preziosi (Ducati Corse General Director) and Stefano Domenicali (Ferrari Team Principal), and Thursday will be over to the Ferrari drivers. The event will conclude on Friday, with the spectacular kart and auto exhibition with the riders and drivers on the town's frozen lake.
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