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Baker Wins PBR’s West Plains Touring Pro Division Event

PUEBLO, Colo. – Professional Bull Rider (PBR) Joshua Baker of Birch Tree, Missouri, competed before a hometown crowd last weekend to win the PBR’s West Plains, Missouri, Touring Pro Division event.

Baker covered two bulls on his way to capturing the win, including the first 90-point ride of his career atop For Sale (McConnell’s Bucking Bulls). He ended the event with a total ride score of 174 points, winning $4,608.59. With the first place finish he earned 60 points toward the PBR world standings.

After 25 qualified rides in Round 1, Baker was in a tie for fourth place going into the championship round. Six riders went the full 8 seconds on their bulls in the championship round, but it was Baker’s ride that put him over the top. Simao da Silva (Coacatuba, Brazil) came in second place with 170 total points, earning 30 points towards the world standings.

PBR Built Ford Tough Series rider, Marco Eguchi (Sao Paulo, Brazil) tallied two rides on the event, finishing in third place with 167 total points in the event average. He earned 20 world standings points.

In fourth place was Jordan Hupp (Stephenville, Texas) picking up 15 world standings points. A tie for fifth place went to Luis Blanco (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Jesse Van Nek (Westwood, Australia) who each earned 7.5 world standings points.

The TPD will continue this weekend in Missouri with a two-day event at Black River Coliseum in Poplar Bluff. Some of the riders  scheduled to compete include Cody Rodeo Tyler (Perry, Oklahoma), Mason Lowe (Exeter, Missouri) and Baker.

The BlueDEF Velocity Tour will be back in action on March 20-21 in Wheeling, West Virginia, at the Wesbanco Arena. The line-up includes Hupp, Zane Lambert (Westbourne, Manitoba) and Neil Holmes (Houston, Texas).

Professional Bull Riders Touring Pro Series Event Results:
March 13-14 at West Plains TPD in West Plains, Missouri

Final Results (Round 1-Round 2-Total Ride Score-Earnings-World Points)

1. Joshua Baker, 84-90-174.00-$4,608.59-60
2. Simao da Silva, 83-87-170.00-$3,023.25-30
3. Marco Eguchi, 79.5-87.5-167.00-$2,212.13-20
4. Jordan Hupp, 80-83.5-163.5-$1,032.33-15
5. Luis Blanco, 78-84.5-162.5-$516.16-7.5
Jesse Van Nek, 77-85.5-162.5-$737.38-7.5

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