After recording three top 5 finishes since returning from the USA, Nathan Burtenshaw (Coonamble, NSW) broke through to score his second career PBR Australia event win on Night 2 of the Mount Isa PBR Touring Pro event.
Burtenshaw overcame a disappointing buck off on Friday night in Round 1 to go a perfect 2-for-2 on Saturday to take home the victory with an aggregate score of 166 points.
Night 1 Recap
For those who missed my mid-event update, Bailey Woodard (Dingo, QLD) went 2-for-2 to win Night 1 at Buchanan Park holding off Cliff Richardson and Lane Mellers.
You can read about Night 1 of the Mount Isa PBR Touring Pro HERE.
Despite riding with a torn ACL since the Cairns Invitational, Nathan Burtenshaw has been one of the form riders through the PBR Australia Cup season putting together a strong 9-for-12 riding record during the month of June.
The 24-year-old entered the Championship Round in 2nd place on the Mount Isa PBR Touring Pro leaderboard courtesy of an 83 point ride on Oooh Yah from Brandenburg Bucking Bulls.
Burtenshaw then covered Troy Chappel’s Hot Thing in the Championship Round to add another 83 points to his total and after a few nervous moments, was crowned the Night 2 Champion.
The Coonamble, NSW cowboy climbed up into the 8th spot on the PBR Australian National Standings with his haul of 290 event points. Burtenshaw’s win also earnt 60 points towards the PBR World Standings and now sits 24th in the world after leapfrogging Sean Willingham and Gage Gay on the World Rankings.
Peter Gregory (Doomadgee, QLD) lead the field into the Championship Round with an 83.5 point bull ride on the rider-friendly Red Man Chew from Brandenburg Bucking Bulls in Round 1. The 39-year-old Doomadgee cowboy has not appeared at many PBR events in recent times but it was great to see the veteran finish in the money.
Hot on his heels in second place was Nathan Burtenshaw after the judges awarded the Coonamble talent 83 points for his ride on the Brandenburg bucker Oooh Yah.
Toby Leake (Gresford, NSW) finished in third place with his 82.5 points coming from a qualified ride on Juicy Wiggle (Wallace Bucking Bulls) with Lachlan Richardson (Gresford, NSW) and Sam Woodard (Eidsvold, QLD) rounding out the top 5 with 82 points apiece.
After making it into the Mount Isa PBR Touring Pro Championship Round in the twelfth spot on buck off time, Mitchel Paton (Nebo, QLD) recorded the high marked ride of the event with his 84.5 points coming from a qualified ride on Iron Jacket (Wallace Bucking Bulls). Paton finished the best of the cowboys with one qualified ride to finish in third place overall.
The bulls proceeded to dominate the round with 9 straight buck offs before Nathan Burtenshaw covered Hot Thing (Troy Chappel) to be the first cowboy to go 2-for-2 with only one rider remaining.
Lachlan Richardson received a re-ride from the judges after his initial draw did not co-operate in the chutes. Needing 84 points to take the lead, the 25-year-old did enough to last the eight seconds on Superstitious (Wallace Bucking Bulls) but the score from the judges was not enough to overtake Burtenshaw’s two-ride total. Richardson finished in second place overall with 162 points following his Championship Round score of 80 points.
Newly crowned 2018 PBR Australian Bucking Bull of the Year Top Country Take the Gamble turned out yet another 44.0 point bull score to take home high marked bull honours in his 1.92-second dispatch of night 1 event winner Bailey Woodard.
I am yet to find out why Peter Gregory did not take his place in the Championship Round and if I can find out any information I will pass it through via social media.
Cliff Richardson (Gresford, NSW) remains in third spot on the PBR Australian National Standings leaderboard but his haul of 195 points on Night 1 of the Mount Isa PBR Touring Pro has closed the gap between himself current number one Aaron Kleier (Clermont, QLD) to just 525.82 points.
Kleier’s continues to struggle after riding 12 straight bulls to kick off 2018. The 20-year-old has now bucked off 11 of his last 13 bulls.
Fraser Babbington (Gisborne, NZ) and Cody Heffernan (Singleton, NSW) remain second and fourth place in the standings respectively despite taking the event off with Justin Paton (Nebo, QLD) in fifth place.
The cowboys, bulls and PBR Australia staff will now enjoy a few well earned weeks at home following a very busy month of June. The PBR Australia Monster Energy tour returns with the 2018 Newcastle Invitational set to take place at the Entertainment Center on Saturday, 11 August.
We may see Australian riders starting to head back to the USA to compete at the Touring Pro level so there is anybody entered I will post weekend previews and recaps to keep everyone updated in the lead up to the 25th PBR: Unleash the Beast series returning early in August.
Enjoy the break!