The PBR Rundown – 5-Nov

We have a massive few days ahead of us as PBR Finals week kicks off in North America with Aussie riders appearing in the daysheets for both the PBR Velocity Finals and the PBR Canada Finals.

Here at home, the PBR Australia Monster Energy Tour heads to Toowoomba for the penultimate regular season stop with the race for a National Title, the Grand Finals cut line and the return of a former PBR Australian National Champion the main talking points.

Here is The Rundown and make sure you check out all of the event details below:

DateTime (AEST)Event and LocationRtR CoveragePBR Coverage
Fri 6-Nov12:00 pm2020 PBR Canada Monster Energy Tour
Grand Prairie, AB.
Event 1
Aussie Updates
RtR Score Centre
RidePass
Sat 7-Nov11:30 am2020 PBR Velocity Tour Finals
Sioux Falls, SD.
Round 1
Aussie Updates
RtR Score Centre
RidePass
12:00 pm2020 PBR Canada Monster Energy Tour
Grand Prairie, AB.
Event 2
Aussie Updates
RtR Score Centre
RidePass
1:00 pm2020 PBR Australia Monster Energy Tour
Toowoomba, QLD.
Event 1.
Full Coverage with Live Updates
RtR Score Centre
RidePass
6:00 pm2020 PBR Australia Monster Energy Tour
Toowoomba, QLD.
Event 2.
Full Coverage with Live Updates
RtR Score Centre
RidePass
Sun 8-Nov11:30 am2020 PBR Velocity Tour Finals
Sioux Falls, SD.
Round 2 and Championship Round
Aussie Updates
RtR Score Centre
RidePass
12:00 pm2020 PBR Canada Monster Energy Tour
Grand Prairie, AB.
Event 3 and Championship Round
Aussie Updates
RtR Score Centre
RidePass

2020 PBR Australia Monster Energy Tour

Before I get into this week’s preview, I just have a few stats from last weekend in Beaudesert that I didn’t publish in my wrap-up. It was a very ‘average’ weekend with all percentages and average marks almost matching the season trends.

The riding percentage across both events was 23.03% which is slightly below the 2020 average of 23.23%. The average ride score was 0.52 points below the season average of 82.48 points and the bulls were 0.07 points above their average mark of 41.23 points.

Ok, lets move onto this weeks event.

The Monster Energy Tour stays in the south east corner of Queensland this Saturday for the 2020 Toowoomba Invitational. It will be the first PBR Australia event held in the Garden City since 2016.

Previous winners up on the range include Nathan Burtenshaw went 2-for-2 to score a come from behind victory in the 2015 All Star Challenge. The the 2016 edition, Jason Mara won the short round to take the win after he occupied second-place at the conclusion of the long-round.

This year 30 riders will compete in two events with action starting at 1 pm and 6 pm. The Top-8 riders from each event long round will progress into the Championship Rounds with a maximum of 80 points available towards the 2020 PBR Australian National Standings.

After producing another outstanding tour stop in Beaudesert which included the Event 2 win, Gresford’s Lachlan Richardson has skipped clear at the top of the standings and he now leads Clermont’s Aaron Kleier by 148.5 points.

Mount Isa’s Jake Curr did his best to stay in contact by winning Event 1 in Beaudesert and he is third in the standings with 247.5 points (-283.5 behind Richardson). Heywood’s Sam Woodall (-338 points) and Mareeba’s Kurt Shephard (-344.5 points) round out the Top-5 with Mundubbera’s Lane Mellers (-390 points) and Clermont’s Brady Fielder (-420.5 points) not far behind.

Remember, riders need to be within 200 points of the No. 1 ranked rider at the start of the Grand Finals to have a shot at the Gold Buckle.

Taking Injuries and international riders into account, my estimate is that the PBR Australia Grand Finals bubble currently sits at position 26. That puts Lachlan Slade and Zane Hall right on the cut line with 32 points.

Every rider ranked lower than 26 still has a very good chance of making it to the final weekend, but they have to string a few rides together starting this weekend.

This week we welcome back Cody Heffernan who has been absent from competition for over 15 months due to injury. The 2015 PBR Australian National Champion was flying before suffering multiple knee injuries, winning four events in the first half of the 2019 season to hold a big lead on the National Standings leaderboard.

Check back early on Saturday for The Morning Line for my highlight matchups, or you can find it on the PBR Australia website from mid-morning.

Check out the full daysheets for Toowoomba here.

2020 PBR Velocity Tour Finals

Mackay’s Ky Hamilton heads to the South Dakota with a goal to qualify for the 2020 PBR World Finals which begin next week in Texas.

The 20-year-old sits 87th in the PBR World Standings, so automatic qualification via a first or second place finish at the Velocity Tour Finals appears to be his best bet, but a strong finish could see him gain enough points to get him into the Top-35.

Hamilton’s Round 1 draw is Little Hott from TM Cattle Company and BS Cattle Company. This bull is competing in the ABBI’s Classic competition. He is unridden in 4 trips at the Unleash the Beast level with buck off times averaging 2.69 seconds and bull scores over 42.75 in 3 of those 4 outs. He should be to the right, but he bucks really hard from the moment the gate cracks.

You can view the daysheets for Sioux Falls here and here (following Round 1).

2020 PBR Canada Monster Energy Tour Finals

It is an interesting format for this year’s final tour stop in Grand Prairie, Alberta.

The Top-25 ranked riders will each compete in three events across the weekend. Events 1 and 2 will feature a long round plus an 8 rider championship round, while Event 3 will just be a single long round.

Following the third event, the Top-15 from the 2020 PBR Canadian National Standings will go head to head with a fantastic set of bulls for the final Championship Round of the season.

Warwick’s Callum Miller enters the final weekend ranked 23rd in the standings after going 2-for-6 across the three events he attended during the regular season.

The 25-year-old is 267.5 points behind the No. 1 ranked Dakota Buttar, but just 15 points behind the No. 15 ranked Jordan Hansen, so if he can put a few nice rides together, we could see him back in the Championship Round.

The daysheets have been published, and in Round 1 of Event 1 he will take on Finning Nikki Sixx from F4 Bucking Bulls. This bull has only been out twice in PBR competition and is yet to be ridden. I haven’t been able to track down any easily accessible vision.

In the Event 2 long round his opponent will be All Business from Two Bit Bucking Bulls. This bull is much more experienced, with 22 outs to his name. Seven riders have posted low to mid-80 point scores and he should be around to the right and into Miller’s hand.

Strong Arm from Vold Rodeo will be Miller’s third draw of the week. This bull has been ridden six times in 21 performances with scores in the mid to high 80-point range. He is usually around to the left and he can produce a few tricks in his outs.

You can view the daysheets for Grand Prairie here, here and here.

I will update the matchups as the weekend progresses, so stay tuned to Ride The Rage for coverage and check back for a full wrap up of the weekend’s action early next week!