CHICAGO – Here are three things we learned from the Chicago Invitational on Saturday night at Allstate Arena.
Alves sets all-time PBR consecutive ride record
Silvano Alves set the all-time PBR consecutive ride record on the Built Ford Tough Series by riding Redbone for 85 points on the final ride of Round 1.
The 27-year-old has now ridden 17 consecutive bulls dating back to last season, which includes his perfect 6-for-6 showing at the 2014 Built Ford Tough World Finals.
“I am very, very happy to ride 17 bulls,” Alves said. “I am thankful for my family to support me, my sponsors and God.”
Oliveira earns his first round win of 2015
There were a total of 18 qualified rides in Round 1 of the Chicago Invitational, but it was one of the elder statesmen on the BFTS taking home the first-round victory and the 100 event points.
Valdiron de Oliveira rode RMEF Big Bull for a round-winning 89 points.
“That is very important for a win in the go round,” Oliveira said. “All of the points now have changed. Now it is more easy for the guys in the Touring Pro to go up and all the guys in the Built Ford Tough Series can go down. You have to be careful. You have to be more serious because it is more easy to go down.”
It was Oliveira’s third 89-point or higher ride in the past year.
J.B. Mauney placed second in the round by becoming the first rider to reach 8 seconds aboard Diesel in six BFTS outs and the 2013 World Champion was rewarded for his efforts with 88.75 points, earning 60 event points.
Rounding out the Top 5 was Ryan Dirteater, Skeeter Kingsolver and Matt Triplett.
Dirteater is one of only three remaining riders (Alves and Shane Proctor) in the BFTS to have started the year 4-for-4. Dirteater rode Off The Grid for 87.75 points in Round 1, while Proctor earned 84 points on More Big Bucks.
Kingsolver takes advantage of alternate position
Skeeter Kingsolver knows he may not get many opportunities to earn significant round points on the BFTS until the first cuts come in a few weeks; therefore, he was extremely pleased to ride Pretty Wreckless for 86.5 points and finish fourth in Round 1 – earning 40 event points toward the world standings.
“That was big time,” Kingsolver said. “Realistically it kind of is (one chance) right now. It was a must-need step up (situation) the way the points are this year. I placed in the round, so I am trying to get all them points while I am here in Chicago as I can.”
Saturday night was Kingsolver’s first 8-second ride on the BFTS since April 27, 2012, in Uncasville, Connecticut, when the McLouth, Kansas, cowboy covered Blue Canyon for 83.25 points.
“This feels like home being here,” he said. “This is where I know I belong, but also whenever I go out there and do my job just like that I don’t expect anything less of myself. It is very satisfying at the end of the day when you do your job.”
L.J. Jenkins nearly came up with his third qualified ride of the season before falling short against Mac-Nett’s Southern Wine at the 6.41-second mark on Saturday night in Round 1 despite riding with an unstable right shoulder that he aggravated Friday night in Madison, Wisconsin, at a Touring Pro Division event.
“I entered it twice thinking that was a great idea and I am still 18 years old,” Jenkin said. “I rode both of my long-round bulls and my second one kind of came up on my head and (I) kind of tried catching myself. I have shoulder problems anyways and it felt like it possibly tried coming out, but it didn’t. I got on my first short-round bull and I couldn’t raise it. I stayed on and I just figured there is a lot more money here (Chicago) so I turned down my second one.
“I felt good today. I can’t raise it, but it didn’t hurt me riding. I couldn’t feel it when I was riding, but I could feel it when I got off.”
Five riders were officially ruled out by Dr. Tandy Freeman:
Emilio Resende (multi-ligament knee reconstruction following the World Finals); Claudio Crisostomo (left clavicle fracture); Ty Pozzobon (concussion sustained at the PBR Canadian Finals); Markus Mariluch (bicep surgery) and Stetson Lawrence (torn left PCL).
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