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Paulo Goncalves at the Cross-Country Rally of Qatar

HRC toast first FIM Rallies podium of the year

Apr 222017

Five days traversing the desert terrain of Qatar for round two of five in the 2017 FIM Cross Country Rallies culminated with the Monster Energy Honda Team enjoying the sweet aroma of podium champagne for the first time this season. Paulo Gonçalves took his CRF Rally to second position overall in the Middle East and improved on the fourth position banked at the World Championship opener in Abu Dhabi three weeks previously.

“It is always positive to finish a race on the podium,” said veteran Gonçalves. “It was an interesting race on all levels: it was competitive, physical and required a lot of navigation. It was hard in all of these respects. I’m happy because I kept a high level throughout the rally. I finished second and I’m very happy with the bike, the team and all the work we have done too. We have good sensations to keep on working with and we will be all fired up for the next rally.”


“I’m pleased because I gave it 100% even through I’m not physically at full fitness,” the Argentine said. “It was a lot of hours on the bike on other types of terrain with a lot of navigation to find a good pace.”


The pace of the FIM ‘CCR’ series eases slightly with round three in Chile not scheduled until mid-August.