The PBR Australia stop in Beaudesert is the only PBR action scheduled for this week.
With all of these showers and storms around, my fingers are crossed that we don’t have a repeat of the last time the Monster Energy Tour headed to the Scenic Rim.
In 2018, much-needed overnight rain turned the Showgrounds into a bog. It was one of the slipperiest surfaces I have ever walked on and the event was cancelled before the ABBI Australia event early in the morning.
Here is The PBR Rundown and make sure you check out all of the event details below:
|Date||Time (AEST)||Event and Location||RtR Coverage||PBR Coverage|
|Sat 31-Oct||1:00 pm||2020 PBR Australia Monster Energy Tour|
Beaudesert, Queensland – Event 1.
RtR Score Centre
|6:00 pm||2020 PBR Australia Monster Energy Tour|
Beaudesert, Queensland – Event 2.
RtR Score Centre
2020 PBR Australia Monster Energy Tour
We kick off the final string of Monster Energy Tour events with a dual-event stop in Beaudesert.
As we have seen in every city since the restart, it will be a 1 pm start for Event 1, and a 6 pm start for Event 2 with 30 riders contesting each session.
In each event, the Top-8 on the leaderboard at the end of Round 1 will make it through to the Championship Round. The rider with the highest aggregate wins the buckle.
The winner will also earn the bulk of the points towards the 2020 PBR Australian National Standings, which is the big talking point heading into this week, so let’s take a look at the situation heading into the final month of competition.
As we enter the home straight and there are a total of 2351 points towards the 2020 PBR Australian National Standings remaining on the table across the 4 events and 17 rounds of competition. Although unlikely, a single rider can pick up a maximum of 680 of those points.
2020 is the first year with the new points system, so we will have to see how it plays out, but with some quick estimating, I would say that riders would need to be within 120 points of the No. 1 ranked rider going into Townsville to have a shot at the Gold Buckle.
200 points mathematically, 80 points realistically, but if you are within 120 the door is ajar.
Currently, No. 1 ranked Lachlan Richardson leads No. 2, Aaron Kleier, by 102.5 points making it a two-horse race.
Sam Woodall (-258), Jake Curr (-272) and Kurt Shephard (-301.5) hold down the No. 3 to No. 5 spots in the standings and appear to be the only other riders in a position to get their names into contention.
But with plenty of points available at the three remaining regular season stops there is a chance for any rider inside the Top-20 to get themselves in the hunt, but they will need to win at least three of those six remaining events.
And there still some big names in that very situation.
The Top-22 in the standings will head to Townsville to contest the 2020 PBR Australia Grand Finals. Of those currently holding down qualification spots, there are 4 or 5 riders that are either injured or will be unavailable due to travel restrictions.
That means that alternates will be needed to fill the field, so every point that can be earnt by those riders ranked on the outside is vital.
But as we have seen with the short season, it only takes one good result to make massive gains up the standings.
In Beaudesert, a maximum of 80 points will be for grabs in each of the two events. So an event win is almost guaranteed to push even the lowest ranked rider inside the Top-15.
Check back early on Saturday for The Morning Line for some predictions and highlight matchups, or you can find it on the PBR Australia website from mid-morning.
Stay tuned to Ride The Rage for coverage and a full wrap up of the weekend’s action early next week!