Paulo Gonçalves Clinches the 2018 Desafio Inca

Press Release | September 16, 2018

Desafío Inca 2018 Race Recap from Honda

Paulo Gonçalves clinches the 2018 Desafio Inca

This is a press release from Honda Racing Corporation…

With steady, efficient riding and good sensations astride the Honda CRF450 Rally 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 honors 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 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.

Paulo Gonçalves clinches the 2018 Desafio Inca

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 leader board.

The next appointment of the Monster Energy Honda Team 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 3-9.

Kevin Benavides

Kevin Benavides | Stage: 8th  FINAL: 6th

I’m very happy. I think we had great team work. I started first in this last stage and I also reached the finish line first, although I think they almost caught me at the end. I feel like I won, I had a really good stage opening the track. Paulo was able to take advantage of that, and was able to keep a good pace. Congratulations to the team for the work and the victory.

Paulo Goncalves

Paulo Goncalves | Stage: 1st  FINAL: 1st

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

Ricky Brabec

Ricky Brabec | Stage: 5th  FINAL: 8th

Today was another fast day. The navigation was like every other day but there were a lot more WPS, WPMs so a lot more arrows, which made it a little easier. Today the goal for me was just to finish and learn from the mistake that I made yesterday. Today was a good day – I finished fifth on the day and eighth overall. For sure there’s more room for improvement but I’m looking forward to Morocco which is more like home.

José Ignacio Cornejo

José Ignacio Cornejo | Stage: 10th  FInal: 4th

We finished the third and final day in Desafío Inca. I finished fourth and it was a positive race, where we were able to test the speed with the fastest riders. It has been a good preview for what is coming in January. I’m happy for the pace and the navigation. I was close to the podium and it leaves a bad taste, but it gives more motivation to continue working to be able to occupy the positions in front in the coming races.

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

Rider Standings

Final results Desafio Inca 2018

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

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