In 2004 Valentino Rossi made the spectacular switch from Honda to Yamaha. For his first race in Welkom, South Africa, Valentino Rossi continued to wear his official 2003 helmet design, the VR 46.
The stylised black sun and yellow moon design didn’t change for 2004, and Rossi went on to win the first race of the season (becoming the first rider in history to win back to back races on different bikes), and then took his Yamaha YZR-M1 to claim 8 more wins in the season which secured him the World Championship with a total of 304 points.
This is a wonderfully dark Valentino Rossi helmet that looks aggressive and stands in stark contrast to many of his brighter designs that he has worn.
The 2004 season was also notable for the intense rivalry between Rossi and Gibernau that escalated to levels previously unseen and led to a falling out between the two riders.
Image Gallery of the 2004 VR 46 Helmet: