Rui Gonçalves

  • Discipline
    Rally/Enduro
  • Date of birth
    17 May 1985
  • Birth place
    Vidago, PT

Rui Gonçalves is one of the most respected and hard working riders in the motorcycle world. The 35 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. With the team he took part in the Dakar 2021, obtaining an outstanding 19th position (3^ best Rookie), considering it was his first participation in one of the most difficult and prestigeous race of the world.

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.

Results

Motocross/Rally/Enduro

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7° place

65cc National Motocross Championship

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1° place

65cc National Motocross Championship

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1° place

65cc National Motocross Championship

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2° place

65cc National Motocross Championship

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1° place

85cc National Motocross Championship

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1° place

85cc National Motocross Championship

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2° place

125cc National Motocross Championship

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2° place

125cc National Motocross Championship

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1° place

125cc National Motocross Championship

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3° place

National Supercross Championship

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24° place

MX2 Motocross World Championship

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18° place

MX2 Motocross World Championship

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16° place

MX2 Motocross World Championship

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10° place

MX2 Motocross World Championship

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7° place

MX2 Motocross World Championship

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11° place

MX2 Motocross World Championship

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5° place

MX2 Motocross World Championship

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2° place

MX2 Motocross World Championship

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11° place

MX1 Motocross World Championship

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6° place

MX1 Motocross World Championship

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10° place

MX1 Motocross World Championship

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13° place

MX1 Motocross World Championship

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11° place

MX1 Motocross World Championship

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30° place

MXGP Motocross World Championship

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25° place

MXGP Motocross World Championship

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18° place

MXGP Motocross World Championship

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6° place

Enduro 6 Days with Team Portugal

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19° place

Dakar Rally

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Participations in the Motocross of Nations

as representative of National team

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