Final Moto: Paulo Goncalves, the Ica Desert fox


The end of stage 3 was uncertain because only 21 seconds separated the first four riders at the start of the morning, which anticipated a fantastic fight for victory. But the experience and the good moment that has been going through, made it possible for Paulo Goncalves to take the deserved triumph of the Mitsubishi Motors Desafío Inca 2018 in Motos.

The perseverance of the Monster Energy Honda Racing rider is paying off. On saturday he ended the day at only 21 seconds behind Andrew Short when he was leading the general. But the Portuguese pushed on the last day and won his second Dakar Series of the year, considering his last victory in the Desafío Ruta 40 Dakar Series just two weeks ago.

The second place was for the austrian Matthias Walkner of the Red Bull KTM Factory and the american Short, completed the podium with his Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory.

“We had a very important test here for the next Dakar. We came wanting to do everything well, to try to find the rhythm in the dunes and see how the bike goes and honestly it has come out quite well. I had a difficult starting position but my teammate Kevin Benavides did an excellent job opening the track, and I had to keep track and pull hard so that the others did not discount me a lot but in the end it went well, better than I expected, and It has helped to win the race. The idea is not to climb on anything even because the goal is long and we want to get to January in good shape. “

“The race was very competitive, we had almost all the Dakar favorites and all the official teams here and that made the competitive pace very high. Anyone could win. I had to stay with the first place, but be careful, calmly, because there is still work for what is coming. “