After a busy weekend at the PBR Global Cup in Texas last weekend, the world’s best bull riders headed North to Missouri to face a tough pen of bulls at the Unleash The Beast Tour event which included another 15/15 Bucking Battle.
There were also two events at the Velocity Tour level, so there were plenty of points on offer.
2020 PBR Unleash The Beast Tour – St Louis, MO.
World No. 19 Aaron Kleier was the lone Aussie featured on the daysheet, and he was looking to build on a 2-for-3 performance at last weekend’s PBR Global Cup.
Kleier was out nice and early aboard Crazy Rein (Phenom Genetics / Sankey Pro Rodeo), and he was the first rider to post a score with 81.5 points. After the bull hung a horn in the gate slightly, he took a jump or two to clear the area, then turned to the left and into the Clermont talent’s hand. There was a lot of up and down in the bull’s action, and Kleier handled him with ease. The bull was marked just 40.25 points.
Just seven riders finished the round with a score. Kleier sat in seventh place, and he collected 5 World Points.
Kleier went up against Hammerhead Blu (Dakota Rodeo – Chad Berger / Clay Struve / MAGA Cattle / Roper Angus) on the second night long round. After the scores piled in early, the 22-year-old was sitting fourteenth on the leaderboard, so he needed a score to make it back for the Championship Round. The bull started off to the right, which put Kleier out of position early. Hammerhead Blu then leapt high in the air and reversed the spin which offered Kleier hope, but his correction was amplified, and he ended up out over the front with the slap at 5.38 seconds. 42-points went to the bull.
Following the completion of the round, Kleier wound up splitting fifteenth place and would move on to the Championship Round.
Kleier was left with the unridden Good Night Robicheaux ( Dakota Rodeo – Chad Berger / Clay Struve / Diamond Willow) in the final spot.
The bull left the gate with plenty of enthusiasm. As Good Night Robicheaux whipped back around to the right, he caught Kleier out of position to the outside. The bull continued about away from the Kleier’s hand, and he was unable to get back onto his rope. The clock stopped at 3.02 seconds as Kleier hit the dirt with the bull scored 43.5 points.
Kleier would collect no further World Points.
Jose Vitor Leme entered the Championship Round in third place but finished with the buckle. Leme covered Night Shift for 88.75 points to finish with 262.50 points on the aggregate leaderboard.
Leme becomes the new No. 1 ranked bull in the world.
2020 PBR Velocity Tour – Hampton, VA.
World No. 88 Lawson Nobbs returned to action after taking a few weeks away from the competition arena, and he was looking to snap an eight-bull buck off streak.
Nobbs wasn’t the only Aussie involved in the Hampton event, with PBR Australia announcer Warren Matotek making his Velocity Tour debut on the mic, and he did a great job alongside Luke Kaufman.
Nobbs took on Freakin Wicked (Davis Rodeo Ranch / Fogle), and it looked an excellent matchup for the Moura bull rider with the bull expected to turn back into his hand. The bull did precisely that, starting a left-handed spin, and Nobbs looked nice and comfortable in the early stages. Freakin Wicked continued to gather momentum, with the drop becoming too much for Nobbs, who touched down just in front of his rope at 4.02 seconds. 42-points was the bull score.
Four riders finished the night 2-for-2, and it was Bruno Scaranello who finished with the highest aggregate score on 173.5 points. The Brazilian rode Slappin Bo in the Championship Round for 88-points to jump to the lead from fourth place.
In the 15/15 Bucking Battle at St Louis, there were rides aplenty, with almost half of the field posting scores. New York’s Daylon Swearingen posted the best of the seven scores, with a 91.75 point ride aboard I’m Legit Too.
Just seven rider posted scores at the Velocity Tour event in Worcester, Massachusetts and Tye Chandler was the lone rider to finish a perfect 2-for-2. The Texan finished with a combined 169 points with his high marked ride of 86-points coming in the short-go after he combined with Lab Rat.
World Standings Update
No Standings update this week. I will save it for next week as there were not too many changes with just the handful of Australia riders competing over the weekend.
Check back on Wednesday for a full rundown of what is coming up this week in the PBR!