Madonna di Campiglio
Ferrari & Ducati Press Ski Meeting
The Formula 1 and Moto Gp international appointment that brought together Ferrari and Ducati teams and journalists from around the world during the annual convention in Madonna di Campiglio.
WROOOM Madonna di Campiglio Ferrari & Ducati Press Ski Meeting
12 Jan 2010 Wrooom 2010: The MotoGp season starts in Campiglio!
Casey Stoner Ducati: skiing on these pistes is really fantastic!
Tomorrow, presentation to the world press of the new Skiarea at Madonna di Campiglio
The first Wrooom 2010 press conference got underway with an admission from Ducati's Australian champion: “When I came here 3 years ago, I'd never seen so much snow in one place! Now I adore these mountains, they are fantastic and I'm really comfortable on the snow!”
Once again this year the Brenta Dolomites form the backdrop to an event that spotlights the new Formula 1 and MotoGp season. Pilots, engineers and journalists from all over the world are gathered here to enjoy a week on the slopes and have a chance to discuss the championships just ended and get the low down on plans for the coming year.
The first to appear before the cameras and microphones at the Palawrooom in the Madonna di Campiglio conference centre was 2006 world champion Nicky Hayden, who faced questions about last year's difficulties, changes within the team and his relationship with Casey Stoner.
“I'm going into 2010 full of enthusiasm and renewed energy," explained Hayden. "Everyone at Ducati has worked hard to improve the bike especially in the wind tunnel. The new model is a real beauty and suits my racing style. In fact as soon as I saw it I took a photo with my phone and stupidly put it up on my web site!" Hayden was later upbraided for his excessive enthusiasm but the episode demonstrated to journalists present just how excited he is about the new machine.
Meanwhile a smiling and relaxed Casey Stoner was asked about last summer's illnesses and his break with racing. “There have been so many stories going around," said Stoner. "But the truth is that after seeing at least eight doctors I discovered I have an intolerance to lactose. I spent a few weeks in Australia, got myself into shape and now I'm back racing. I feel fit and strong, I have no injury problems and I'm ready to fight for the Championship."
The 2 Ducati pilots spent the rest of the morning giving interviews to the world's media. Lunch followed with guests of Wrooom at the Cascina Zeledria for a delicious taste of traditional Trentino cooking with dinner at the Pradalago Refuge.
Tomorrow, Wednesday 13 January, will see a press conference with the two team managers: Claudio Domenicali for Ducati and Stefano Domenicali for Ferrari. Focus will be on the races, the teams and how they intend to return to winning form.
The morning will also see a presentation to the world's press of Madonna di Campiglio's new Skiarea.