2004 Championship Machine|
After winning the 2003 Riders Championship, his third consecutive world title with Honda, Valentino Rossi shocked the racing world by announcing he was transferring to rival Yamaha in 2004. At the opening race of the 2004 season in South Africa, Rossi was mounted on his new dream machine, the Yamaha YZR-M1, and emerged from a fierce battle up front to take his first victory riding for Yamaha. He continued to show an aggressive style of racing, marking 9 more wins and clinching his fourth consecutive world title. Rossi achieved the tremendous feat of winning consecutive championships riding for two separate manufacturers. Who would have predicted this outcome at the start of the 2004 season? Now, you can relive the thrills of this amazing season with Tamiya's 1/12 scale finished model of Rossi's Yamaha YZR-M1. The highly-detailed interior can be showcased by removing the body cowlings, and die cast wheels add a realistic sense of volume, letting you feel the excitement of MotoGP racing with this beautiful display model.