Portuguese Monster Energy Honda Team rider Paulo Gonçalves performed well in the third stage of the Qatar Rally with second position on the day to remain in second place in the overall standings.

On Qatar Rally’s longest day, with a total trajectory of over 500 kilometres, Monster Energy Honda Team come away with notable results, particularly for Paulo Gonçalves who posted the second fastest time and remains in contention for the overall prize.

The special stage of 353 kms took place over the same course as yesterday’s stage, this time, however, in the opposite direction. Once again navigation was a key issue at play for large sections of the route.

Gonçalves worked hard to keep out of the reach of the pursuing riders. In spite of conceding some time in the earlier parts of the stage, he was able to recuperate after the refuelling, even managing to overtake the sole rider who had started out ahead. Paulo wrapped up the day crossing the line in first place.

Monster Energy Honda Team’s second rider in Qatar, Argentine Kevin Benavides, who set out this morning from third place, finished further back after being unable to locate a waypoint. Benavides came home with the sixth fastest time of the day some nine minutes off the special stage winner Matthias Walkner.

The penultimate stage of the Qatar Rally will take place tomorrow in the northern part of the peninsula of the country with a total of 461.46 km, 337.76 of which will be against the clock.

Paulo Goncalves

Paulo Goncalves

We finished the second day with a lot of pace. Today I set out second and the tracks weren’t very visible, meaning that the navigation was essential. I had to work hard. I lost a little bit of time to Sam but I made it with an advantage to the refuelling. After I kept up a good pace and I got up close and managed to pass Sunderland and opened the track for 40 km. I’m fairly happy with the day’s performance. There are two days still to go and we have to keep pushing.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Kevin Benavides

Kevin Benavides

I was going quite well until refuelling. In the final section at about kilometre 100, I made a mistake with the waypoint which I couldn’t find and I had to look for it and lost a bit of time. Some of the other riders caught me up and we finished the stage together. Today the hand was playing up a bit after such a long stage, but I will keep battling on and getting more mileage under my belt.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Qatar Cross-Country Rallye

Qatar, Qatar

Rally 2017, Round 2

Thursday 20 Apr 2017, 13:24 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Mathias Walkner AUT 0 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 4:01'25
2 Paulo Goncalves POR 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +3'14
3 Pablo Quintanilla 4 CHI 0 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +6'06
4 Sam Sunderland GBR 0 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +6'18
5 Pierre-Alexandre Renet FRA 0 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +8'04
6 Kevin Benavides ARG 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +9'05
7 Antoine Meo FRA 0 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +31'25
8 Mohammed Albalooshi UAE 0 Ride to Abu Dhabi Team KTM +50'31
9 Maciej Giemza POL 0 KTM Orlen Rally Team KTM +1:13'56
10 Adam Tomiczek POL 0 KTM Orlen Rally Team KTM +1:23'37
Wednesday 19 Apr 2017, 16:07 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Sam Sunderland GBR 0 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 3:43'21
2 Paulo Goncalves POR 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +9'25
3 Kevin Benavides ARG 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +10'48
4 Pablo Quintanilla 4 CHI 0 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +12'34
5 Pierre-Alexandre Renet FRA 0 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +13'12
6 Mathias Walkner AUT 0 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +16'07
7 Antoine Meo FRA 0 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +36'37
8 Maciej Giemza POL 0 KTM Orlen Rally Team KTM +52'38
9 Mohammed Albalooshi UAE 0 Ride to Abu Dhabi Team KTM +55'13
10 Adam Tomiczek POL 0 KTM Orlen Rally Team KTM +1:23'13
Tuesday 18 Apr 2017, 16:33 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Antoine Meo FRA 0 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 4'31.90
2 Mathias Walkner AUT 0 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +0'06.90
3 Sam Sunderland GBR 0 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +0'08.30
4 Pierre-Alexandre Renet FRA 0 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +0'10.90
5 Kevin Benavides ARG 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +0'14.70
6 Paulo Goncalves POR 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +0'16.20
7 Pablo Quintanilla 4 CHI 0 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +0'28.10
8 Adam Tomiczek POL 0 KTM Orlen Rally Team KTM +0'39.90
9 Maciej Giemza POL 0 KTM Orlen Rally Team KTM +0'44.20
10 Mohammed Albalooshi UAE 0 Ride to Abu Dhabi Team KTM +0'56.50
Provisional Standings
Thursday, 20 Apr 2017
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Sam SUNDERLAND GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
2 Paulo GONCALVES POR Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
3 Mathias WALKNER AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
4 Pablo QUINTANILLA 4 CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna
5 Kevin BENAVIDES ARG Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
6 Pierre-Alexandre RENET FRA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna
7 Antoine MEO FRA Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
8 Mohammed ALBALOOSHI UAE Ride to Abu Dhabi Team KTM
9 Maciej GIEMZA POL KTM Orlen Rally Team KTM
10 Adam TOMICZEK POL KTM Orlen Rally Team KTM