Rossi is there, but the D16 isn't.

Valentino Rossi has arrived in Madonna di Campiglio, and with the Desmosedici is missing, he posed with the 1199 Panigale. Just before him it was the turn of Nicky Hayden, left arm in a sling, but in good spirits and smiling.

    It will be the Italian and the American participating in the first press conference of the event, talking about their expectation for the 2012 season, which effectively kicks off with the January 31st test session at Sepang.

    There is a lot of curiosity about what Rossi will say, and how much he will comment on the disappointing 2011 season. Similarly, it's hard to know how much he will reveal about the GPZero that he tested at Valencia, but hopefully he will indicate what parts of that bike will be carried over to the new version.

    The latest reports are that the bike will not be presented here in Italy, but will instead make it's debut next week at Jerez. On that occasion tester Franco Battaini will be conduction a shakedown of the new machines, but WSBK champion Carlos Checa will also be on hand to give his impression. And considering that the Spaniard will be there for his feedback, one has to wonder why Rossi himself won't be riding as well. 

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