Just the three PBR events were held across the world this weekend, and it was good to have the Australian tour resume after a couple of long months break.
Across the Pacific, there were three Aussie riders competing at the Unleash The Beast and Velocity Tour levels.
With the Top-35 cut in full force, the 2020 PBR World Standings is starting to take shape, and we are getting a regular group of riders on both tours.
2020 PBR Australia Touring Pro Division – Marrabel, SA.
The 2020 PBR Australia season resumed on Saturday night with it’s annual trek to Australia’s longest-running Rodeo in Marrabel, South Australia.
Upper Horton’s Troy Wilkinson emerged with the buckle following the two long rounds of competition. Marrabel has been a happy hunting ground for the 2017 PBR Australian National Champion during his career. Wilkinson has now covered 66.67% of his bulls and has six Top-5 finishes from nine visits to South Australia’s Mid North.
Mt Walker’s Ty Thomson finished runner-up in his PBR debut with Merrijig’s Will Purcell winding up in third place.
The bulls were strong early, but Will Purcell put a stop to their run, posting the first score of the night. The 26-year-old made a nice ride into his hand aboard TnR Bucking Bull’s Red Man for 85-points.
Troy Wilkinson added his name to the leaderboard combining with TnR’s Jerry for an 83.5 qualified ride to move into second-place early in the round.
Gresford’s Lachlan Richardson also added his name to the scoreboard in the first section. His opponent, Switch Back backed out before entering a right-handed spin. The 27-year-old handled the TnR Bucker with ease and was awarded 80.5 points.
The bulls dominated the second section with Denman’s Luke Parkinson the only rider to post a score. The 18-year-old rookie combined with Woodall Rodeo Company’s Hit Man for 77 points.
Issac Leclair added his name to the scorer’s sheet after the Bindoon cowboy posted 72.5 points aboard Hell Yeah from TnR and Baille.
29-year-old Ty Thomson then covered TnR’s Told Ya So for 86 points to move into the round lead with just a handful of riders left to nod.
Bundaberg’s Brendan Buckholz was the final rider to post a score in the first long round with 81.5 points on Lucifer from TnR.
Thomson took home the maximum 7 points for the round win, with Purcell in second with 5 points, and Wilkinson third and collecting 3 points.
Troy Wilkinson was the first rider out in the second round, and he capitalised, moving to the lead with a 72.5 point qualified ride. That ride on Aussie Dollar from Woodall Rodeo Company took the 29-year-old to the top of the leaderboard with 156 points in the aggregate.
Tamworth’s Ethan Watts added his name to the long list of riders to post a qualified ride aboard Woodall’s YTB, with an 80-point trip.
The bull once again took control following Watts’ score, allowing just one eight-second ride from the next 24 trips.
That score went to Dungog rookie Thomas Hudson who combined with Devil’s Child from TnR and Swain for 81 points and the round win.
19-year-old Hudson was awarded the maximum 7 points towards the Aussie Standings with Watts collecting 5 points. Wilkinson picked up another 3 points for his third place in the round.
Troy Wilkinson picked up 18 points towards the 2020 PBR Australia National Standings for his aggregate win in Marrabel. His 24 point haul means he now occupies the No. 12 spot and is 94 points behind the top-ranked Aaron Kleier. Wilkinson also picked up 10 points towards the 2020 PBR World Standings and at the time, moved into the No. 33 spot.
As the best rider with a single score, Ty Thomson collected 10 points for his runner up finish in the aggregate. Will Purcell was awarded 8 points for his third placing.
The high marked bull of the night was Honey Badger from the Throsby and Russell Bucking Bulls and Swain partnership. The rookie bull was marked 43.5 points in his 2.14-second matchup with Jack Keats in Round 2.
2020 PBR Unleash The Beast Tour – Kansas City, MO.
No. 19 ranked Aaron Kleier was the lone Aussie headed to Kansas City for the eighth stop on the Premier Series.
Kleier was out in the first section and posted the first qualified ride of the night. The 22-year-old was marked 87.25 points aboard Midnight Rock from Cord McCoy and Shotgun Bulls. The bull turned back away from Kleier’s hand as expected, and he bucked with excellent rhythm. The bull threw in a hop step, but Kleier handled it with ease to finish the ride strong.
Just ten riders finished the round with a score. Kleier sat in fourth place, and he collected 8 World Points.
15/15 Bucking Battle
When Matt Triplett was ruled out of the 15/15 Bucking Battle with a concussion suffered in the long round, Kleier was promoted into the bonus round to face Evil Intentions from Jane Clark and Gene Owen.
The bull turned back to the left and into Kleier’s hand, with both bull and rider matching each other until the whistle. The bull was marked 43.5 points with Kleier marked well above for a total score of 89.25 points and a second-place finish in the round.
Kleier picked up 40 points towards the World Standings for the runner-up finish.
Oklahoma’s Colten Jesse won the 15/15 Bucking Battle with an 89.5 point ride aboard Lil 2 Train from the Clark and Owen partnership.
Kleier faced Holy Terror from Jane Clark and Gene Owen late in the second round. The bull turned back to the right, and Kleier lent in to handle the dip and make the turn. He looked in good shape as the bull continued and seemed to want to reverse, but Kleier lost his feet as he recommenced the clockwise spin and slapped the bull’s neck. The clock was stopped at 7.72 seconds, so Kleier challenged but the time was revised to 7.62 seconds.
Following the completion of the round, Kleier wound up splitting 7th place with another four riders and would move on to the Championship Round.
Kleier had the ninth pick in the draft, and he selected Sky Harbor from Dakota Rodeo – Chad Berger, Clay Struve and Wilks Ranch.
The bull turned back to the left and had Kleier scrambling early. Just as Kleier looked to be getting the upper hand, the bull countered and put Kleier off the outside on the reversal at 4.51 seconds. The bull bucked just as Kleier nodded and that might have made the difference. 43.75 points went the bull’s way.
Kleier would collect 2.33 World Points for his eighth-place finish which was split four ways.
Lucas Divino led the field into the Championship Round and after the pressure was applied, he produced a 91 point ride aboard Medicine Man to win the event in the final out of the night.
The Brazilian was the only rider to finish the event 3-for-3 and held off Eduardo Aparecido and Dener Barbosa for his first UTB victory and his first event title since his aggregate win at the 2018 PBR Australia Grand Finals.
2020 PBR Velocity Tour – Hampton, VA.
World No. 90 Lawson Nobbs was joined on the Velocity Tour by No. 64 Brady Fielder.
Fielder was the first of the duo to ride aboard Freakin Wicked from Davis Rodeo Ranch and Fogle. The bull turned back immediately to the left and away from Fielder’s hand with outstanding tempo. He then reversed direction at the 6-second mark, and Fielder hung in there to make the bell and receive 84.5 points.
Nobbs looked fired up for his matchup with Davis Rodeo Ranch and Fogle’s Dang It. The bull was into his hand and around to the left in a strong performance. Nobbs looked great until his hand popped out of his rope and he went out the front door at 6.52 seconds.
Fielder made it back into the short round occupying the sixth spot on the leaderboard. He would face Rickey West’ Bullseye. The bull turned back to the left immediately in front of the chute, and Fielder looked good early. The bull upped the tempo mid-ride to be marked 43-points and Fielder is forced to make the touch at 4.58 seconds.
Alex Cerqueira was the lone rider to finish the event 2-for-2 and had an aggregate total of 172-points. The Brazilian rode Jaywalker for 88-points in the Championship Round.
World Standings Update
A big weekend for Aaron Kleier in Kansas City pushed him forward into the No. 13 spot in the 2020 PBR World Standings. Kleier now has 135 points and is 481 points behind the World No. 1.
The next best Aussies are Lachlan Richardson in 24th place and the injured Nathan Burtenshaw, who holds down the 29th spot.
After his win in Marrabel, Troy Wilkinson moves to 37th, just 1 point behind the Top-35 cut line and Brady Fielder is the only other Australian inside the Top-60 and is ranked 59th.
Jose Vitor Leme, Jess Lockwood and Joao Ricardo Vieira remain 1-2-3 at the top of the leaderboard.
Check back on Wednesday for a full rundown of what is coming up this week in the PBR!