Monster Energy Honda Team participates in this first round of the 2017 FIM World Championship Cross-Country Rallies with Portuguese Paulo Gonçalves and Argentinian Kevin Benavides.


Martino Bianchi — Monster Energy Honda General Manager

It was a good practice in Abu Dhabi for the Monster Energy Honda Team in this first round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship. I’m happy to see Kevin back after the injury that he had last year before the Dakar. After three months out he’s not 100% back to full fitness but he has shown that he has improved day by day since the start of the race. Unfortunately, we had a little problem which we managed to resolve and he finally finished the race. 

“As we already know, Paulo is a very consistent rider; he finished in fourth place and won a stage, as Kevin did too. He led the overall standings in the race for a couple of days. But with this kind of formula of five days of racing it was impossible to make it onto the podium, Paulo finished fourth overall, but proving to be very strong and consistent, just like the bikes and team did too. 

“In just a week’s time we have the second race of the world championship in Qatar, again with the same format of team and riders – Paulo and Kevin. Thank you all and keep on following Monster Energy Honda Team."