was a Portuguese rally racing motorcycle rider. He won the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship in 2013. Paulo Gonçalves was born on 5 February 1979, in Gemeses, a civil parish in the Braga District city of Esposende. He won 23 titles in motocross, supercross and enduro, and won the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship in 2013, before being a runner-up in 2014. He started participating in the Dakar Rally in 2006, and participated in thirteen of them. He raced on African, South American and Asian continents and won three stages. He finished among the top ten competitors, and was the runner-up in 2015, Marc Coma being the only competitor ahead of him.
Gonçalves was a member of the KTM, Honda, Husqvarna Motorcycles, and Hero MotoCorp teams, the last one in 2020. During the 2020 edition, the engine started in the third stage, and its withdrawal was announced, which was corrected about three hours later, as Paulo Gonçalves was trying to repair his vehicle at the same time as he was waiting for his team to arrive for assistance. Due to his taste for high speeds, he was nicknamed "Speedy", which was a reference to the Looney Tunes character Speedy Gonzales.
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