Seven time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi made his first public appearance in Ducati red during Monday night's arrival at the Wrooom Press Ski Meeting at Madonna di Campiglio, Italy.

Rossi, a Yamaha rider from 2004-2010, is to speak publically about his new motorcycle for the first time during a press conference later today (Tuesday).

Team-mate Nicky Hayden will also speak to the media on Tuesday, with the Desmosedici GP11 to be unveiled in its full racing colours on Wednesday.

Rossi will first ride in red when the opening test of 2011 is held at Sepang in Malaysia from February 1-3.

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