A solid set of results in the Sardinia Rally Race – the fourth round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship – keeps Team HRC firmly on track towards their ultimate goal this season. The rally sees the team accumulate more mileage while gaining valuable experience and insights.

Team HRC had headed into the unpredictable and demanding Sardinia Rally sharply focused on twin-objectives: taking home a respectable result and getting some serious kilometres of navigational practice under the belt. In spite of a setback on day two, where Paulo Gonçalves watched his chances of an overall win all but fade, the Portuguese rider was nevertheless able to put on a spectacular three-day final spurt, with a great display of concentration and speed, that rocketed him from 16th position to 4th in the general rankings.

Paulo Gonçalves’ efforts see him pull back points from the leaders as well as climbing several places to take fifth-spot in the championship table.

TeamHRC Sardegna Rally Race 2015
Taichi Honda

Taichi Honda

Team HRC Rally Project Leader

We have completed our participation in the Sardegna Rally Race, where we were able to thoroughly test out navigational skills. The bike this time was an enduro rather than the usual rally model. Navigation in the Sardinia Rally is particularly difficult and it has been a good experience for Paulo. He had a hard struggle with some heavy rain on the way, but it has helped to gain experience, speed and a greater sense of navigation, so as a consequence, I think that it has been a good race. It’s a step forward in the championship, plus a step in the right direction ahead of the next Dakar Rally, which is our ultimate goal.

Team HRC
Sardegna Rally Race

Sardinia, Sardinia

Rally 2015, Round 4

Thursday 11 Jun 2015, 09:13 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Armand Monleon SPA 25 KTM Warsaw Rally Team KTM 1:05'02
2 Helder Rodrigues POR 20 Yamaha Motor Europe Yamaha +0'16
3 Paulo Goncalves POR 16 Team HRC Honda +0'25
4 Joan Pedrero SPA 13 Pont Grup Yamaha JVO Yamaha +1'02
5 Matthias Walkner AUT 11 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +1'15
6 Adrien van Beveren FRA 10 Yamaha Motor Europe Yamaha +2'02
7 Jordi Viladoms SPA 9 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +2'09
8 Maurizio Gerini ITA 8 Honda RS Moto Honda +2'30
9 Jacopo Cerutti ITA 7 Honda RS Moto Honda +2'43
10 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 6 KTM Rally Team KTM +2'46
11 David Casteu FRA 5 Team Casteu KTM +3'23
12 Ruben Faria POR 4 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +3'24
13 Marc Coma SPA 3 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +3'27
14 Luca Vecchi ITA 2 MRT KTM +3'28
15 Manuel Lucchese ITA 1 Rebel X Sports Yamaha +4'08
Wednesday 10 Jun 2015, 09:00 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Matthias Walkner AUT 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 1:55'54
2 Jacopo Cerutti ITA 20 Honda RS Moto Honda +1'25
3 Marc Coma SPA 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +1'45
4 Rodrig Thain FRA 13 Team Casteu Husqvarna +2'16
5 Armand Monleon SPA 11 KTM Warsaw Rally Team KTM +2'31
6 Luca Vecchi ITA 10 MRT KTM +3'14
7 Helder Rodrigues POR 9 Yamaha Motor Europe Yamaha +3'16
8 Paulo Goncalves POR 8 Team HRC Honda +3'18
9 Mirko Pavan ITA 7 NSM Racing Team Beta +3'19
10 Maurizio Gerini ITA 6 Honda RS Moto Honda +4'16
11 David Casteu FRA 5 Team Casteu KTM +4'54
12 Adrien van Beveren FRA 4 Yamaha Motor Europe Yamaha +4'57
13 Ruben Faria POR 3 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +5'29
14 Vanni Cominotto ITA 2 CF Racing Team Husqvarna +7'23
15 Jordi Viladoms SPA 1 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +7'47
Tuesday 9 Jun 2015, 08:52 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Armand Monleon SPA 25 KTM Warsaw Rally Team KTM 1:45'18
2 Paulo Goncalves POR 20 Team HRC Honda +0'24
3 Ruben Faria POR 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +3'51
4 Alessandro Botturi ITA 13 Yamaha Racing Yamaha +4'27
5 Helder Rodrigues POR 11 Yamaha Motor Europe Yamaha +4'45
6 Jordi Viladoms SPA 10 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +5'01
7 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 9 KTM Rally Team KTM +5'02
8 Vanni Cominotto ITA 8 CF Racing Team Husqvarna +5'23
9 Rodrig Thain FRA 7 Team Casteu Husqvarna +5'25
10 Mirko Pavan ITA 6 NSM Racing Team Beta +5'57
11 Jacopo Cerutti ITA 5 Honda RS Moto Honda +6'01
12 Maurizio Gerini ITA 4 Honda RS Moto Honda +6'03
13 Luca Vecchi ITA 3 MRT KTM +6'23
14 Matthias Walkner AUT 2 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +7'05
15 David Casteu FRA 1 Team Casteu KTM +7'09
Monday 8 Jun 2015, 08:42 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Joan Pedrero SPA 25 Pont Grup Yamaha JVO Yamaha 1:47'24
2 Alessandro Botturi ITA 20 Yamaha Racing Yamaha +00'35
3 Marc Coma SPA 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +1'41
4 Jordi Viladoms SPA 13 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +2'07
5 Helder Rodrigues POR 11 Yamaha Motor Europe Yamaha +2'40
6 Paulo Goncalves POR 10 Team HRC Honda +2'46
7 Jacopo Cerutti ITA 9 Honda RS Moto Honda +2'59
8 Vanni Cominotto ITA 8 CF Racing Team Husqvarna +3'42
9 David Casteu FRA 7 Team Casteu KTM +4'33
10 Matthias Walkner AUT 6 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +5'02
11 Maurizio Gerini ITA 5 Honda RS Moto Honda +5'02
12 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 4 KTM Rally Team KTM +5'09
13 Armand Monleon SPA 3 KTM Warsaw Rally Team KTM +5'12
14 Manuel Lucchese ITA 2 Rebel X Sports Yamaha +5'29
15 Rodrig Thain FRA 1 Team Casteu Husqvarna +5'30
Sunday 7 Jun 2015, 08:22 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Joan Pedrero SPA 25 Pont Grup Yamaha JVO Yamaha 3:36'04.55
2 Paulo Goncalves POR 20 Team HRC Honda +6.0
3 Armand Monleon SPA 16 KTM Warsaw Rally Team KTM +9.0
4 Marc Coma SPA 13 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +38
5 Matthias Walkner AUT 11 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +2'02
6 Jacopo Cerutti ITA 10 Honda RS Moto Honda +4'08
7 Ruben Faria POR 9 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +4'38
8 Alessandro Botturi ITA 8 Yamaha Racing Yamaha +4'58
9 Vanni Cominotto ITA 7 CF Racing Team Husqvarna +5'12
10 Helder Rodrigues POR 6 Yamaha Motor Europe Yamaha +5'16
11 Luca Vecchi ITA 5 MRT KTM +5'35
12 Mirko Pavan ITA 4 NSM Racing Team Beta +5'53
13 David Casteu FRA 3 Team Casteu KTM +7'11
14 Jordi Viladoms SPA 2 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +8'30
15 Manuel Lucchese ITA 1 Rebel X Sports Yamaha +9'55
Saturday 6 Jun 2015, 08:07 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Matthias Walkner AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 1'40.29
2 Adrien van Beveren FRA Yamaha Motor Europe Yamaha +1.76
3 Pablo Quintanilla CHI KTM Rally Team KTM +4.96
4 Paulo Goncalves POR Team HRC Honda +5.15
5 Joan Pedrero SPA Pont Grup Yamaha JVO Yamaha +5.33
6 Rodrig Thain FRA Team Casteu Husqvarna +5.36
7 Ruben Faria POR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +6.12
9 Jacopo Cerutti ITA Honda RS Moto Honda +6.63
10 Jordi Viladoms SPA Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +7.00
11 Marc Coma SPA Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +7.04
12 Helder Rodrigues POR Yamaha Motor Europe Yamaha +7.15
13 Jakub Piatek POL KTM Orlen Rally Team KTM +8.37
14 Alessandro Botturi ITA Yamaha Racing Yamaha +8.40
15 Maurizio Gerini ITA Honda RS Moto Honda +9.47
FINAL Results Sardegna Rally Race 2015
Thursday, 11 Jun 2015
# Rider Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Matthias WALKNER AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
2 Armand MONLEON SPA KTM Warsaw Rally Team KTM
3 Helder RODRIGUES POR Yamaha Motor Europe Yamaha
4 Paulo GONCALVES POR Team HRC Honda
5 Marc COMA SPA Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
6 Jacopo CERUTTI ITA Honda RS Moto Honda
7 Jordi VILADOMS SPA Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
8 Ruben FARIA POR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
9 David CASTEU FRA Team Casteu KTM
10 Luca VECCHI ITA MRT KTM
11 Mirko PAVAN ITA NSM Racing Team Beta
12 Adrien VAN BEVEREN FRA Yamaha Motor Europe Yamaha
13 Joan PEDRERO SPA Pont Grup Yamaha JVO Yamaha
14 Rodrig THAIN FRA Team Casteu Husqvarna
15 Maurizio GERINI ITA Honda RS Moto Honda