paulo goncalves

AGE

40 Years

NATIONALITY

Portuguese

DESIGNATION

Hero MotoSports Team Rally Pilot

RACING EXPERIENCE

Bagged 23 titles in various Motocross, Supercross and Enduro championships from 1997 to 2008

Became World Champion of Cross Country Rally in 2013 & Vice World Champion in 2014

Came 2nd in 2015 Dakar and 6th in 2017 Dakar

Came 1st in Desafio Inca (Peru) both in 2017 & 2018

Came 1st in Desafio Ruta 40 (Argentina) in 2018

WHY MOTOSPORTS

I was connected to bikes at an early age. My father owned a motorcycle workshop and took me to a track to practice. This led to me becoming a professional racer when I was 17.

MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE DURING A RALLY

OiLibya Rally 2013 when I became Cross Country World Champion.

MOST CHALLENGING EXPERIENCE DURING A RALLY

My first Dakar in 2006. Each day was a challenge, a real personal growth.

MY TARGET

Winning the Dakar.

FAVOURITE PART OF THE JOB

Everything in rally racing is interesting and exciting. The adventure, exploration, the unknown land, the navigation and all this is against the clock.

SIDE HUSTLE

When I have a pause, I try to spend more time with family and friends.

MESSAGE TO BUDDING RACERS

This life isn't easy! You have to give away many things. But if this is your dream, you have to be very hardworking and focused. If motorcycling is your passion, you need to be persistent, with your eyes always on your goal.