Paulo Goncalves

  • Paulo Goncalves
    Date of Birth : 5th February 1979
    Birthplace : Esponsende, Portugal
    Residence : Gemeses, Esponsende, Portugal
    Height : 168 cm
    Weight : 75 kg
    Hobbies : Jet Sky, Card Games, Cinema
    Debut race : 1991


Paulo “Speedy” Goncalves is a race veteran with a long-standing off-road background. The Portuguese family man has been a fixture in the rally raid scene since 2006. Known to be a real team player, Goncalves has a very good relationship with everyone he works with and is highly regarded for his positive and cheerful manner.

On the bike, he boasts impressive speed, ability and experience.

The 34-year-old has been shining at the Rally Dakar for the first time in 2009. Two years later he won his first stage, backing it up with several podium results in 2012. Just when he had set his sights firmly on the top three overall, a controversial six-hour penalty in the second week saw him drop back, dashing any hopes of a top finish. Recently in 2013, after having to overcome all those omnipresent challenges that are making the 14-day marathon the most demanding race in the world, Goncalves finished the Dakar in 10th place overall.

Lately Goncalves made two bold statements at the opening double header of the 2013 FIM Cross Country Rally World Championship. The friendly Iberian clinched runner-up finishes both in Abu Dhabi and Qatar, missing the victory twice by only a few seconds. These results have boosted Goncalves' confidence. Currently lying second in the world standings, and soon aboard a new bike, he is eager to keep his name in the headlines.

Main Results

1991 Start in competition
1993 National Campion 80 cc,MX National Champion 125 under & open, SX National Champion
1998 Motocross National Champion, SX National Champion
1999 Motocross National Champion
2000 Motocross National Champion, European vice Champion
2001 Motocross National Champion
2002 Motocross National Champion, SX National Champion, Enduro National Champion, endure Junior vice world Champion
2003 Enduro National Champion
2004 Enduro National Champion, ISDE Gold Medal
2005 Enduro National Champion
2006 25th overall Dakar, Motocross National Champion
2007 23th Dakar Overall, SX National Champion
2008 MX National Champion, SX National Champion
2009 10th Dakar Overall, 2nd Dakar Class 450 cc,1st Dakar super production amateurs
2010 TT National Champion, cross country National vice Champion
2011 Cross Country German Champion,
2012 4th overall cross country rally world Championship
2013 10th overall Dakar Rally, 2nd Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, 2nd Qatar Sealine Cross Country rally

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