Motorcycle Racing News Dakar/FIM Cross Country Rallies 2018 Desafio Inca Results | Honda's Paulo Goncalves Victorious

2018 Desafio Inca Results | Honda’s Paulo Goncalves Victorious

2018 Desafio Inca Results

When the three-stage 2018 Desafio Inca rally finished on Sunday in Inca, Peru, Paulo Gonçalves walked away with yet another victory in the 2018 FIM Cross-Country FIM Rallies World Championship.

The Monster Energy Honda Team CRF450 Rally pilot got quicker as the rally progressed, finishing:

  • 6th in stage one behind winner Toby Price (Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team)
  • 3rd in stage two behind winner Kevin Benavides (Monster Energy Honda Team)
  • 1st in stage three

Paulo Goncalves at Desafio Inca Rally
Paulo Goncalves at Desafio Inca Rally

Monster Energy Honda said the final 180-kilometer stage was a highly productive one for Paulo, who held a solid, error-free pace and was able to catch up the preceding riders. Gonçalves crossed the line in Ica with the best time of the day, finishing over two minutes ahead of KTM 450 Rally pilots Price and Sam Sunderland.

Gonclaves was joined on the overall podium by Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team’s Matthias Walkner and Husvarana Factory Rally Team’s Andrew Short.

“We have finished this important test here in Peru, the Desafio Inca,” Paulo Goncalves says. “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.

This was Honda’s third victory in South America, including Benavides win in the Atacama Rally, and Gonclaves at the Desafío Ruta 40 and Desafio Inca.

Following the 2018 Desafio Inca, Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) continues to lead the FIM Cross Countries World Rally points with 69, eight ahead of Price and 12 ahead of Goncalves.

The series now heads to Africa for the Morocco Rally, the fifth and final round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship ahead of the 2019 Dakar Rally; the Morocco Rally is set for October 3-9.

2018 Desafio Inca Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 GONCALVES Paulo POR Monster Energy Honda Team 10:08’13
2 WALKNER Matthias AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team +2’51
3 SHORT Andrew USA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team +8’24
4 CORNEJO José Ignacio CHI Monster Energy Honda Team +10’02
5 VAN BEVEREN Adrien FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team +10’56
6 BENAVIDES Kevin ARG Monster Energy Honda Team +11’04
7 CAIMI Franco ARG Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team +13’20
8 BRABEC Ricky USA Monster Energy Honda Team +28’30
9 PRICE Toby AUS Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team +29’09
10 SANTOLINO Lorenzo SPA Sherco TVS Rally Factory +36’59

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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