With steady, efficient riding and good sensations astride the Honda CRF450 RALLY, Paulo Gonçalves took victory as the Desafio Inca concludes in Ica, Peru. This is the third consecutive triumph for the Monster Energy Honda Team in South America this month.

Monster Energy Honda Team’s Portuguese rider Paulo Gonçalves took the top honours in the 2018 Desafío Inca. The final 180-kilometre stage was a highly productive one for Paulo, who held a solid, error-free pace and was able to catch up to the preceding riders. Gonçalves crossed the line in Ica with the best time of the day sporting a three minute-advantage over the nearest rival.

It is the team’s third victory in as many races, all disputed in South America within a single month, following the victories of Kevin Benavides in the Atacama Rally and Gonçalves, once again, in the Desafío Ruta 40.

José Ignacio Cornejo finished in fourth place in spite having finished the final special stage in tenth spot. Kevin Benavides, the winner of yesterday, was forced to endure the handicap of opening the track. Nevertheless, the Argentine navigated without mistakes to finish the race in sixth place. American Ricky Brabec, fifth today, climbed to eighth position in the final overall leaderboard.

The next appointment of the will be the Morocco Rally, fifth and final round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship to be held in the African country from October 3rd to 9th.

Paulo Goncalves

“We have finished this important test here in Peru, the Desafio Inca. It went very well because we won the race. Today I had a starting position that could have complicated things, but Kevin did very well opening the track. I was able to push a lot and those behind weren’t able to catch me. I am happy for myself and for the team. This was a race with riders with a very good pace. You have to stay attentive and not relax. The most important part is still to come”.

Stage 3 results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 GONCALVES Paulo POR Monster Energy Honda Team 1:55’08
2 PRICE Toby AUS Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team +2’02
3 SUNDERLAND Sam 5 GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team +2’16
4 WALKNER Matthias AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team +3’01
5 BRABEC Ricky USA Monster Energy Honda Team +3’16
6 CAIMI Franco ARG Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team +3’34
7 VAN BEVEREN Adrien FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team +5’22
8 BENAVIDES Kevin ARG Monster Energy Honda Team +5’59
9 SANTOLINO Lorenzo SPA Sherco TVS Rally Factory +6’05
10 CORNEJO José Ignacio CHI Monster Energy Honda Team +6’50