Paulo ‘Speedy’ Goncalves is a veteran with a very lengthy off-road honours list including victory in the 2013 Cross-Country Rallies World Championship and runner-up spot in the Dakar 2015.

Paulo Goncalves

Background

His pace, his skill to adapt to terrain types and his capacity to analyse stages are just some of the abilities of this multi-faceted rider, who has developed greatly with experience. Goncalve’s Dakar debut took place in 2009, collecting his first stage victory two years later. Both positive thinking and easy-going, the Portuguese rider never stopped believing in his abilities and went on to win the Cross-Country Rallies World Championship in 2013, closing the year with triumphs in an intense Sertoes Rally and a thriller in Morocco.

An unfortunate fifth stage put an end to his dreams of victory in the Dakar 2014 and in spite of conceding the world title the Portuguese rider fought a gutsy battle until the end. Speedy made up for his misfortune by storming to a second place overall finish in the 2015 Dakar. Meanwhile, he took the bronze medal in the world championship with podiums in Qatar and Morocco. He also won the Argentinean Desafío Ruta 40.

Career Information

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 450cc, 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 Rally Dakar. FIM World Champion Cross-Country Rallies. Winner Rally dos Sertoes. Winner Rally OiLibya Maroc. 2nd Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. 2nd Qatar Sealine Cross Country rally
2014 FIM vice-champion Cross-Country Rallies. Winner of Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. 2nd place in Rally dos Sertoes
2015 Dakar Rally runner-up, 3rd place FIM Cross-Country Rallies
2016 3rd place Desafío Ruta 40. 4th place Atacama Rally.

Rider Statistics

Date of birth 5th February 1979
Birthplace Esposende, Portugal
Height 168cm
Weight 75kg
Hobbies Jet Sky, Card Games, Cinema

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