PBR Australia Monster Energy Tour
Cody Heffernan (Singleton, NSW) took out his second straight PBR event on Saturday night at the 2019 Ballarat Invitational on the PBR Australia Monster Energy Tour.
The 29-year-old kicked his night off with an 84 point ride aboard Twisted X from Kasper Bucking Bulls. The score was enough to split the Round 1 win with Lachlan Richardson (Gresford, NSW).
Richardson’s 84 points came aboard Kasper Bucking Bulls’ Wrangler’s Geronimo. Mitchel Paton (Nebo, QLD) and Donovan Rutherfurd (Mt Isa, QLD) finished third in the long round with a pair of 83 point rides with Lane Mellers (Mundubbera, QLD) rounding out the top-5 with 82 points.
Paton was the first rider to make the whistle in the 12-man 2019 Ballarat Invitational Championship Round aboard SweetPro’s Chemical Weapon from Kasper Bucking Bulls. His ride was marked 84.5 points and took his aggregate total to 167.5 points.
Paton’s ride was matched by Richardson who combined with Landing Strip (Throsby & Russell Bucking Bulls) to cover his seventh straight bull. He was awarded 84.5 points and led the event by 1 point with just the 2016 PBR Australian National Champion to ride.
Heffernan went up against the high marked bull from last weekend’s event in Bendigo, Mr Buckmore from Throsby & Russell Bucking Bulls. Requiring an 85 point ride to take the win, Heffernan was outstanding against Mr Buckmore and had an excellent seat for the entire eight-second ride. The 88.5 points were enough to be crowned the inaugural Ballarat Invitational Champion with a total of 172.5 points.
The win saw Heffernan make the jump from third place to number-one on the 2019 PBR Australian National Standings leaderboard with a lead of 205 points and also sits 27th in the PBR World Standings.
Aaron Kleier (Clermont, QLD) slipped to second place in the Aussie Standings after finishing the night without a score on the board after accepting two re-ride options. The 2018 PBR Australian National Champion bucked off Hazmat (Kasper Bucking Bulls) after turning down a 77 and a 78.5 earlier in the night. The 21-year-old remains the best placed Australian in the World Standings, splitting 12th with Brazil’s Claudio Montanha Jr.
Richardson‘s runner up result pushed him up further in the Australian Standings and now sits third, just 5 points behind Kleier. The result moved the seven-time PBR World Finals qualifier into 41st in the world. Paton‘s third-place finish moved him from 14th in the standings to sit inside the top-10 of the Australian Standings.
Kasper Bucking Bulls and Throsby & Russell Bucking Bulls tied for the Bull Team win.
Twisted X Hidden Agenda from Kasper Bucking Bulls wins the high marked out of the night.
PBR Pendleton Whiskey Velocity Tour
Lawson Nobbs (Moura, QLD) won his first-ever PBR Velocity Tour event this morning after a 4-for-4 performance in Bangor, Maine.
Nobbs kicked off his win with a 79 point score aboard Southern Twist (Broken Arrow Bucking Bulls) and combined with Scream Tested (Broken Arrow Bucking Bulls) for a further 83.5 points in Round 2.
He then covered Blue Crush 86.5 points for in Round 3 to enter the Championship Round in sixth place.
The bull dominated the Championship Round with Nobbs finishing as just one of just two riders to make the whistle. He was 90 points aboard Bandit from Mike Miller Bucking Bulls to move his aggregate score to 339 points.
The 21-year-old was the only rider to remain perfect across the three-day event, and it was his first 90 point ride in his PBR career.
He earned 170 points and is now ranked 44th in the PBR World Standings and 19th in the Velocity Tour Standings. The win also gains Nobbs the opportunity to ride at the Unleash The Beast event in Billings, Montana next month.
In Round 1, Kurt Shephard (Atherton, QLD) posted an outstanding 86 point ride into his hand to end the night in sixth place but was capitalise on his strong start bucking off his next two bulls to finish the event splitting 18th.
Shephard sits 63rd in the World and 34th in the Velocity Tour standings. Aaron Kleier remains the best placed Aussie in 17th spot.
PBR Unleash the Beast Tour
On the premier tour, Jose Vitor Leme (Ribas Do Rio Pardo, Brazil) covered Big Black for 91.25 points in the final ride of the Championship Round to win the US Border Patrol Invitational in Duluth, Georgia.
The 22-year-old held off Ezekiel Mitchell (Rockdale, Texas), Chase Outlaw (Hamburg, AR) and Scottie Knapp (Edgewood, NM) who all finished the event a perfect 3-for-3.
PBR Canada Touring Pro Division
There have been no results posted for the Touring Pro Division event in Teepee Creek, Alberta.
Check back tomorrow for The PBR Rundown to see what is in store for bull riding fans this coming week.