Fabiano Vieira went 3-for-3 to win the PBR’s Unleash The Beast Tour event in Oklahoma earlier this morning. The 37-year-old capped off his weekend with a clutch 89.5 point ride aboard Bullseye in the Championship Round.
The victory pushed Vieira up a bunch of spots and into the Top-10 on the 2020 PBR World Standings leaderboard.
Jose Vitor Leme was able to extend his lead in the race for the gold buckle with a third-place finish. Colton Jesse separated the pair of Brazilians, finishing second as the best rider with two scores.
A big thanks to Sean Gleason and the entire PBR crew for their efforts in getting events back up and running. It’s great to have live bullriding back on RidePass!
However, with so many cowboys around the world, including seven riders ranked inside the Top-15 unable to compete due to travel restrictions and event cancellations, I do not believe that points towards the 2020 PBR World Standings should still be available.
Especially with the events in Guthrie declared “non-mandatory” and with so many alternate riders in the draw.
Sure, I can understand eligible riders competing for UTB prize money, but I believe future events should be contested as Velocity Tour events with no world points available until the future of the current season becomes clearer and everyone has a chance to collect points on all tours.
The same should also apply to the national tours in Australia, Canada and Brazil should they resume, with riders competing for points towards their National Standings only.
Riders should not be disadvantaged in the race for the PBR World Championship or drift outside of a UTB or Finals qualification spot because they have health concerns or due to circumstances outside of their control.
With the potential for the restrictions to decimate the summer run of Touring Pro events, this could be an opportunity for the PBR to create a mid-year tournament-style championship, with the main tours possibly returning for a sprint to Finals Week.
I am sure the PBR’s competition committee are working on a plan for summer, and I will let it run its course for a few more weeks before I provide further comments on the situation and the ramifications going forward.
The next event inside Lazy E Arena is scheduled for the weekend of May 9-10.