After taking out his home event a fortnight ago, Ryan Storey (Mackay, QLD) went 2-for-2 at the Rockhampton Invitational to record back-to-back victories on the 2018 PBR Australia Monster Energy Tour.
Storey was the only rider to go perfect in the Beef Capital, placing in both rounds of competition to record an aggregate ride total of 168.5 points. The winning performance earnt the 12-year PBR veteran 460 points which moved him into 7th on the PBR Australia National Standings leaderboard.
The 33-year-old opened his account with 84.5 points on Disco Duck (Diamond J Rodeo Co.) in Round 1. The match-up looked good on paper and it proved to be, with Storey looking comfortable from the moment the chute cracked.
He then added 84.0 points on Super Natural (Wallace Bucking Bulls) in Round 2. This bull had built quite the resume of buck-offs over the past three months but that gave Storey the advantage.
“Seeing good riders take Super Natural past the 4-second mark like Fraser Babbington did in Brisbane gave me some idea of what to expect, but I try not to anticipate too much and took this ride jump-for-jump”.
Storey has ridden six of his last eight bulls and credits his turn around in form to simply enjoying riding bulls.
“I was a bit down after my buck-offs in autumn and found it hard to find the motivation to get off the couch and make it to events, but I am glad I did and I am really enjoying riding bulls again”.
Finishing in second at the Rockhampton Invitational was Cody Heffernan (Singleton, NSW) who produced the Round 1 winning ride. The number 4 ranked Heffernan combined with Jackie Who (Dunne Bulls) to score 86.0-points.
It was a textbook ride from the 28-year-old which nabbed him a total of 260 points to close the gap between himself and No. 1 Aaron Kleier.
Kurt Shephard (Atherton, QLD) and Jason Mara (Cloncurry, QLD) split third place at the Rockhampton Invitational with a pair of 85-point rides.
Shephard continued his impressive form since returning from injury with his 85.0 points coming on the back of Iron Jacket (Wallace Bucking Bulls) in the opening round.
Mara produced a brilliant ride on the high-kicking Firecracker (BK Bucking Bulls), scoring 85-points in the final section of competition to take the Round 2 win.
Round 1 was also kind to Roy Dunn (Proserpine, QLD) and Joshua Jones (Kingaroy, QLD) who rounded out the Top-6 with their 83-point rides. Malcolm Woodard (Eidsvold, QLD) finished just behind on 82-points.
Aaron Kleier (Clermont, QLD) was also successful in Round 1 recording a qualified ride on Cloud Jumper (Dittmann Bucking Bulls), but his 79.5 points would only be enough for eighth place in the event, netting him 20 points.
Kleier went oh-so close to recording a second qualified ride on the last out of the night with an official’s review required to determine his 7.97 second buck-off courtesy of King Kong (Fred Kleier).
It was a rough night for No. 2 Cliff Richardson who came down early in Round 1 from Zoo Animal (BK Bucking Bulls) who remains unridden. After two re-ride’s in the final round, a banged-up Richardson was unable to convert on Shoulda Coulda Woulda (BK Bucking Bulls) and left Rockhampton empty handed.
Dittmann Bucking Bulls took home their second consecutive win in the Bull Team Competition at the Rockhampton Invitational. Fully Locked & Loaded was the star for the Paradise Outdoor All Star Bull Team once again, marked 44-points in his 6.34 second dual with 2016 PBR Australia Champion Cody Heffernan.
Diamond J Bucking Bulls’ Bring It On was also marked 44 points in his 2.1 second dispatch of Jay Borghero in Round 2.
Coulda Shoulda Woulda from BK Bucking Bulls was 43.5-points in his re-ride matchup with Cliff Richardson.
High Class Hooker produced another solid 43-point out for Dittmann Bucking Bulls with King Kong (Fred Kleier) and Rata Tat Tat (BK Bucking Bulls) also receiving the above average marking.
Aaron Kleier still leads the way in the Australian National Standings following the Rockhampton Invitational with Cliff Richardson and Fraser Babbington within striking distance. Cody Heffernan’s second place finish moved him closer to the top-3 in the standings with Jason Mara still in fifth spot despite his 180 point haul.
Ryan Storey was the big mover from the Rockhampton Invitational progressing into seventh while Kurt Shepard added 150 points and moved into the Top-20 as we count down to the PBR Australia Grand Finals in Townsville 23-24 November.