NEW YORK – Here are three things we learned from Round 1 of the Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden.
Alves extends streak to 20
Defending World Champion Silvano Alves extended his PBR record Built Ford Tough Series consecutive ride streak to 20 on Friday night when he rode Big Sleazy for 86.25 points.
He finished third in the round to earn 50 points to his lead atop the world standings.
The 27-year-old has now ridden 11 of his last 13 for 85 points or more and will have the potential to add two more rides to his historic streak tomorrow night. He is first slated to take on RMEF Big Bull in Round 2 for the first time in his career before facing Ranga in the 15/15 Bucking Battle.
Renato Nunes, Valdiron de Oliveira, Marco Eguchi and Kaique Pacheco competed on Friday night following a long week in Colorado.
The four Brazilians landed in New York at 2 p.m. on Friday afternoon and roughly got only one hour of sleep after competing in the Pueblo, Colorado, Touring Pro Division event on Thursday night following the three-night Touring Pro Division Finals on Monday-Wednesday.
“We got no sleep,” Nunes said before the start of Round 1. “Hopefully we will ride well tonight and then get a good night’s rest; but it was a long night.”
Thursday night was expected to be tiresome for the group, which had to make the two-and-a-half hour drive north to Denver following the event, but it only got longer when they had to help fellow rider Robson Aragao change a flat tire without a car jack.
The lack of sleep and energy may have played a factor during Round 1 in New York as Nunes, Oliviera, Eguchi and Pacheco were all bucked off.
Pacheco was making his BFTS season debut following his BlueDEF Velocity Tour event win in Ontario, California.
The 20-year-old remembers watching the PBR on television in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
“I am very happy,” Pacheco said with the help of Oliveira translating. “In Brazil, I watched TV all the time and I saw all of the Brazilians riding in the PBR. This is my dream. This is my dream to come over and compete with these guys. I have worked a lot to make it here and if I ride better, I will stay here.”
Mauney continues to be money in New York
J.B. Mauney holds the PBR record with three event wins in New York and has taken a step toward winning a fourth time in the Big Apple with his Round 1 winning 88-point ride on Electric Prune.
Electric Prune almost squatted all the way down on his way out of the chute, before Mauney readjusted and fought his way to the 8-second mark for his first round win of 2015, while also earning 100 points toward the world standings.
Judges had to review the ride after it appeared that Mauney may have fallen just short of 8 seconds when he let go of his bull rope. However, upon further review, Mauney was awarded his score.
“I knew that bull. I won before on him,” Mauney said. “I knew he was a good draw. It was kind of a rocky start at the beginning. He kind of backed down. I didn’t start in the best shape I wanted to, but that is what bull riding is all about. You have to go with you are dealt. I wasn’t going to bail off and I was going to try until the bitter end.”
Mauney has been historically dominant in New York. He has ridden 29-of-33 bulls inside Madison Square Garden for an 87.88-point riding percentage.
The 2013 World Champion says he isn’t sure exactly what it is that causes him to ride so well in New York, but he thinks it may just be the energy of the crowd.
“I don’t know, maybe it is the fans,” Mauney said. “Like tonight, I couldn’t hear the whistle blow because the fans are so loud. Then they reviewed it and it was almost 10 seconds. I knew my internal clock wasn’t that far off.
“When the fans get into it like Vegas and here it kind of pumps you up even more and makes you want to ride better than you do. It kind of makes you ride better I guess.”
Rounding out the Top 5 was Billy Robinson with 87.5 points on Western Way, Guilherme Marchi with 87.25 points on Justified, Silvano Alves with 86.25 points on Big Sleazy and Kasey Hayes and Shane Proctor with 85.5 points on Let er Rip and Blue Gangster respectively.
Following Mauney’s post-event interview, Robinson came up and congratulated Mauney on the victory.
Mauney replied before laughing, “Thanks, sorry about that.”
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