Headlining this weekend was the second PBR Major of the season, and three Australian riders headed to Los Angeles, California for the Iron Cowboy event. It would be their final hit-out before heading to Texas to represent Team Australia at the 2020 PBR Global Cup.
There was also a two-day PBR Velocity Tour event held in Ohio and a Touring Pro event in Texas.
2020 PBR Unleash The Beast Tour – Los Angeles, CA.
Aaron Kleier was the highest-ranked of the Aussie trio entering the weekend sitting 18th in the 2020 PBR World Standings with Nathan Burtenshaw not far behind in 23rd place. Brady Fielder had slipped to 49th after missing the previous weekend with an abdominal injury.
Nathan Burtenshaw was the first Australian out in Section 1 aboard Roadkill from Wentz Bucking Bulls and Aces Wild Pro Rodeo. It was an odd start with the bull wanting to back out, but he eventually came out of the right delivery clean. He then took a few jumps out to the left around the gate and then tightened up the spin, causing Burtenshaw out the back door at 4.04 seconds. 41.5 points went to the bull.
A short time later, Aaron Kleier faced Angry Elf from Evan Matthews. As Kleier called for the gate, the bull started bucking in the chute, and they took a second to get clear. The bull took one jump out and made a sharp turn left, but Kleier was equal to the task, making a nice move to stick with him. The bull then reversed back to the right late to put Kleier out of position, and the buck off came at 6.58 seconds. The judges marked the bull 41.75 points.
In Section 4, Brady Fielder took on Low Dog from Dakota Rodeo – Chad Berger, Clay Struve and Ken Barnhard. The bull turned back to the right immediately at pace with Fielder making some big moves to stick with him. The bull mixed things up and reversed direction to the left just as Fielder was tipped slightly to the outside, and he was unable to recover. The clock was stopped at 7.21 seconds, and the bull was awarded 42.25 points.
Only the Top-25 would progress out of Round 1 and into the later rounds, and after 15 riders posted scores in the opening round, Aaron Kleier was the only Aussie to gain a second chance courtesy of his World Ranking
He would draw Crazy Times from Hart Cattle Co and Randy Wood in Section 2 of the round. The bull put in a massive fake to the left but decided to spin back to the right. The move was strong enough to put Kleier out of shape, and he could not get back in position, and the buck off was officially ruled at 3.74 seconds. It was a 43.5 point trip for the bull.
In his Unleash the Beast tour debut, Texan Cole Melancon held off three-time Iron Cowboy winner and Joao Ricardo Viera in Round 5 to claim the 2020 title by just 2 aggregate points.
Oregon bull rider Cody Campbell broke through to score his first event win since 2018 at the PBR Velocity Tour event in Youngstown, Ohio. The 23-year-old bucked off in the short round, but a pair of round winning 88-point rides in Round 1 and 2 was enough to hold on and claim the buckle.
Full results from the PBR Touring Pro event in San Antonio, Texas are yet to be posted on the PBR Website.
World Standings Update
For the third straight week, have a new World No. 1 after Joao Ricardo Vieira‘s runner up finish at Iron Cowboy which pushed him to 442.75 points.
Vieira relegated Jose Vitor Leme back to second place with the gap sitting at just 17.5 points. Jess Lockwood is third 49.75 points off the lead.
Kaique Pacheco and Daylon Swearengen remain in fourth and fifth with Iron Cowboy Cole Menancon jumping all the way up to sixth place thanks to his big win.
Aaron Kleier remains the best-placed Australian rider, sitting 19th in the standings on 82 points.
Lachlan Richardson is next best in 22nd place on 73 points with Nathan Burtenshaw in 25th place on 67.16 points.
Troy Wilkinson is currently the bubble rider in 35th place with 47 points.
Check back on Wednesday for a full rundown of what is coming up this week in the PBR!