By: Heather Croze
February 05, 2017
RENO, Nev. – In his 10th year as a professional bull rider, Cody Ford (Stanfeild, Oregon) earned his first win of the 2017 Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour (RVT) season, taking the event win in Reno, Nevada, at the Lawlor Events Center Saturday night.
Ford was the only rider to cover both of his bulls and won the event after scores of 82.5 and 88.5 on Locomotive Exhaust (Hollister Bucking Bulls) and Uncle Fester (Humpz & Hornz) respectively. With the victory, he earned 80 points toward the PBR world standings and $7,900.
Winners of each RVT event in 2017 will be guaranteed at least one opportunity to compete at a PBR Built Ford Tough Series regular-season event. With his victory in Reno, Ford will compete at the St. Louis Invitational in St. Louis, Missouri, Feb. 24-26.
Koal Livingston (Burleson, Texas) finished in second place after he reached 8 seconds aboard Merlot Man (Julio Moreno Bucking Bulls) for 86 points to win Round 1. He earned 50 points toward the world standings along with a paycheck of $4,700.
Cody Teel (Kountze, Texas), last weekend’s winner in Roanoke, Virginia, finished third in Reno. Teel rode Glitter (Humpz & Hornz) for 83.5 points in Round 1. For the effort, Teel earned 30 world points and $3,000.
Sonny Schafferius (Dysart, Australia) and Claudio Montanha (Ribeirao Indios, Brazil) tied for fourth place with matching 83-point scores in Round 1. Schafferius rode Furious George (Julio Moreno Bucking Bulls) while Montanha conquered Second Hand Smoke (Scott Silveira). The pair earned 17.5 world points each, along with $1,570 paychecks.
Alex Marcilio (Macaubal, Brazil) finished in sixth. Marcilio earned 10 world points along with $560 when he rode Pinky (Circle P Bucking Bulls) for 82 points in Round 1.
Uncle Fester was the high-marked bull of the event with a score of 44.5 points when he combined with Ford for the winning ride in the championship round.
An hour-long highlight show of the RVT event in Reno will air on pbr.com Wednesday, Feb. 8. Visit PBR LIVE to watch the action from Reno.
The Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour will next head to Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Feb. 11 at the Van Andel Arena.
The 2017 Velocity Tour will culminate with the Velocity Tour Finals at South Point Arena in Las Vegas on Oct. 28-30, leading into the PBR’s 2017 Built Ford Tough World Finals.
Reno Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour Event Results
Name, Round 1-Round 2-Aggr. Score-Total Points
1. Cody Ford, 82.5-88.5-171.0-80
2. Koal Livingston, 86-0-86-50
3. Cody Teel, 83.5-0-83.5-30
4. Sonny Schafferius, 83-0-83-17.5
Claudio Montanha, 83-0-83-17.5
6. Alex Marcilio, 82-0-82-10
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