2004 Champion Machine After winning the 2003 Riders Championship, his third consecutive world title with Honda, Valentino Rossi shocked the racing world 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 model of Rossi's Yamaha YZR-M1. Feel the excitement of world class racing as you build the MotoGP's latest world champion bike.