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FIM World Cup: Paulo Gonçalves - "It's not about luck - it’s about hard work".






In an enthralling final stage with very little between the riders, Paulo Gonçalves was able to show the kind of class that helped him in the world championship, this time winning the "Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge" in the United Arabic Emirates, which finished last week.

MR: Congratulations Paulo! You had a great rally, winning the final stage and the overall race. How was the final stage?

Goncalves: "Thanks a lot. I’m really pleased. Me and the whole team. The entire Team HRC has done a great job and today we did what had to be done which was to battle for the triumph and that is exactly what we did."

MR: You were up with the leaders throughout the whole rally, but in the penultimate stage stayed stuck in the dunes. The last stage was presented complicated.

Goncalves: "Yes. I would have liked to have got a bit closer to Marc Coma, but I got caught up in a dune and lost a bit of time, which would have made things a little more calm before the final stage."

MR: But you always believed in yourself and in the team. Is that the extra edge that being world champion gives?

Goncalves: "After winning the world championship with Honda I knew that it was important to begin the title defense with a good test. But the other riders are all very high level too. We had the conditions to really attack at the end and we won the race as a result. We’re really pleased to have given Team HRC another victory, and we’ve proved how strong the CRF450 Rally is."

"Out here the conditions are so hard and extreme in the desert of Abu Dhabi, with high temperatures and 90% sand and dunes, that we were able to show that the bike is capable of supporting all types of adversities. In a couple of weeks the second race starts, and we’ve got to keep on working. The Dakar 2015 is a long way off, and we have to go on preparing and concentrating on the job at hand. We’ve got a strong team, very close, and that’s been one of the most important factors in gaining the victory. Those of us on the bikes, as well as those around us."

MR: The team has changed the structure for this season. There’s only three of you, but as you say, you are more united than ever!

Goncalves: "It’s true. The team is closer than ever. Outside we strive for team victory. That’s our priority. Inside, in the race, everyone is trying to win: me, Joan, Hélder… we all set out to win, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t work together to help the team to evolve and keep working towards the perfect conditions for winning the Dakar."

"This is the spirit. The championship has just began and we’ve been working since last October and it’s all going to plan. Now we’ve got what we need: the team, the bike, the collaborators and mechanics."

MR: The great team-work really showed, especially in the last stage.

Goncalves: "Joan, me and Hélder work really well together. Joan pushed me ahead to gain time every day. Today Barreda played an important role containing Marc. Everything went perfectly. Last year too, he helped me a lot to win the title. And this year he has really given me a big help to begin the season."

MR: After Joan won the Super Especial, Sunderland and Coma took it in turns to lead the race, but in the end you broke their brand’s domination of 12 consecutive wins.

Goncalves: "Marc Coma and Sam Sunderland were really competitive, and really fast throughout the whole race, but we were too. We won the prologue, the third, fourth and the fifth stage. What’s really important is that we were always in with a shout. In five days I went from fifth, to finish first. I think it’s a great result. It was a great struggle that makes it all the more special for Team HRC and for Paulo Gonçalves."

MR: How fast did the rally go?

Goncalves: "I don’t know what the fastest was that we went, but in this race with the way points open, we had a pace that was pretty high and dangerous even, with all the dunes. The roadbook here, gave little information, so you had to navigate visually and intuitively. It made us take some risks, but everything went well and we didn’t suffer any damage or harm. The pace between the front-runners really was impressive."

MR: Next race: Qatar. The second test of the championship is quite different. No more dunes. Will it be difficult?

Goncalves: "Sure. It’ll be a very different race from the one that we have just ran. There will be sand and dunes there too, but about 50-60% of the terrain is hard track, more like the Dakar or other rallies. It will be another race and we will have to keep working, concentrating, stay alert and fight for the victory if we get a chance. The work we are doing is really good. We know that as long as nothing goes wrong, it’ll go well for us."

"It’s not about luck, it’s about hard work. We’ve got to go on fighting for each race. The rivals are really strong, so when you do win, it makes the whole thing that much worthwhile."

2014/04/15 | 17:37 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/FISCHER











Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:10 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:08 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Top 10 cars mixed after hardest stage - Spinelli still leader. | 28.08.2014 16:33 | NEW




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Baja Poland: Poland to welcome 112 competitors in Baja Poland this weekend. | 28.08.2014 02:20 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 01:56 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 00:44 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: KTM’s Marc Coma hangs on to overall lead in dos Sertoes. | 27.08.2014 23:48 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Paulo Gonçalves clinches victory in SS04 - the longest stage. | 27.08.2014 23:32 | NEW




Desafío Inca: German manufacturer battle - X-Raid Mini vs SAM Mercedes CC | 27.08.2014 19:26 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:33 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:29 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 17:55 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Both Ford Rangers reached top speeds above 175 km/h. | 27.08.2014 17:07 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Onboard with X-Rally Ford Ranger Baumgart / Cincea | 27.08.2014 16:35 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Stagewin for Toyota´s Varela in S3 but Spinelli still leader. | 27.08.2014 16:19 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Goncalves - "Hope to ride hard without making mistakes" | 27.08.2014 16:00 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Marc Coma wins again in Bikes and remains the leadership. | 27.08.2014 15:35 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 19:14 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 18:57 | NEW




Baja Poland: X-raid with four Mini All4 Racing - chase for World Cup continues. | 26.08.2014 17:21 | NEW




Baja Poland: Overdrive Racing with five Toyota Hilux and Nasser Al Attiyah. | 26.08.2014 16:45 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Mitsubishi´s Spinelli / Haddad the new leader in the cars. | 26.08.2014 05:17 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Gonçalves wins SS2 in Bikes but Coma still overall leader. | 26.08.2014 05:02 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Nice impressions from the first days in Brazil (79) | 26.08.2014 04:53 | NEW




Baja Poland VIDEO: Official trailer of the Baja Poland FIA CC World Cup 2014 | 26.08.2014 04:32 | NEW




Donaldson CC: Test of character for the teams at South African Vryburg 450 | 26.08.2014 03:49 | NEW




Rallyraid: Kamaz Master legend Ilgizar Mardeev tragically died in an accident. | 26.08.2014 03:09 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 02:30 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 01:59 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Driving onboard with Overdrive Toyota Hilux of Verala | 26.08.2014 01:46 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Honda´s Paulo Goncalves wins second stage in the bikes. | 26.08.2014 01:28 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment video of SS01 Sunday (crash) | 26.08.2014 00:56 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Equipe Mitsubishi Petrobras crews in the first stage | 26.08.2014 00:53 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Second victory of Overdrive´s Varela/Gugelmin in stage 01. | 25.08.2014 20:01 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall & daily CARS & TRUCKS SS01 on Sunday | 25.08.2014 00:04 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall & daily BIKES & QUADS SS01 on Sunday | 24.08.2014 23:32 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: HRC´s Rodrigues "Think that has been a good day for us". | 24.08.2014 22:57 | NEW




Rally dos Sertões: Marc Coma wins SS01 in front of Rodrigues and Goncalves. | 24.08.2014 21:43 | NEW




















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