TESTIMONIAL

Rui Gonçalves

Biography

   

Date of Birth: 17 Maggio 1985

Place of Birth: Vidago, PT

Discipline: Rally/Enduro

Rui Gonçalves is one of the most respected and hard working riders in the motorcycle world. The 34 year-old was the first rider from
 Portugal to become Vice World Champion and, to date, he is the best Portuguese athlete with the highest classification in both classes of the motocross world championship (MXGP & MX2).

At the age of 16 he won his first international title with the achievement of the German Supercross Championship. At the same age he faced the great challenge of starting to compete against the best riders of the world in the Grand Prix series.

In a phase of great evolution of his career, he was part of some projects where he could use his experience to test and help the development of new bikes in some different factory teams.
His best career memory is the 2009 victory at the Grand Prix held in Agueda with 25,000 spectators, finishing the year with a second place in the MX2 class of the World Championship with six heat victories.

In 2018 Rui entered the National Enduro Championship and won races. He also took part in the Six Days of Enduro in Chile for team Portugal which was a great experience. Most recently Rui has started to put things together to become a Rally rider, during 2019 he signed with the Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team and has started preparing for Dakar 2021.

With eighteen years of competition at the highest level, Rui Gonçalves has an enviable track record in a career full of great moments and is motivated to continue this way in his Rally adventure.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Rui Gonçalves

1994

7th

National Motocross Championship 65cc

1995

1th

National Motocross Champion 65cc

1996

1th

National Motocross Champion 65cc

1997

2th

National Motocross Championship 85cc

1998

1th

National Motocross Champion 85cc

1999

1th

National Motocross Champion 85cc

1999

2th

Motocross National 125cc

2000

2th

National Motocross Championship 125cc

2001

1th

National Motocross Champion 125cc

2001

3th

National Supercross

2002

24th

Motocross World Championship MX2

2003

18th

Motocross World Championship MX2

2004

16th

Motocross World Championship MX2

2005

10th

Motocross World Championship MX2

2006

7th

Motocross World Championship MX2

2007

11th

Motocross World Championship MX2

2008

5th

Motocross World Championship MX2

2009

2th

Motocross World Championship MX2

2010

11th

Motocross World Championship MX1

2011

6th

Motocross World ChampionshipMX1

2012

10th

Motocross World Championship MX1

2013

13th

Motocross World Championship MX1

2014

11th

Motocross World Championship MX1

2015

30th

Motocross World Championship MXGP

2016

25th

Motocross World Championship MXGP

2017

18th

Motocross World Championship MXGP

2018

6th

Six Days of Enduro, Team Portugal

2001 – 2018

17 participations

as representative of the national team