BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Gage Gay captured the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) BlueDEF Tour (BDT) event victory on Sunday night with a total score of 173.5 points inside U.S. Bank Arena.
Gay went 2-for-2 and earned a total of $4,900 after riding Curious George (Soggy Hill Cattle Co.) for 85.5 points in Round 1 and Jacks (J.A.R.S Bucking Bulls/Gene Owen) for 88 points in the championship round.
It is the 21-year-old’s first event victory of the 2016 BlueDEF season. With the win, Gay earned 80 points toward the 2016 PBR world standings.
Winners of each BDT event in 2016 also will be guaranteed a minimum of one opportunity to compete at a Built Ford Tough Series regular season event in an attempt to win enough points to rank among the Top 35 bull riders in the world and earn a spot on the elite tour. Gay is already qualified for the first eight 2016 BFTS events based on his 14th place finish in the 2015 world standings.
In second place was 2004 World Champion Mike Lee with a total score of 172.5 points, while Valdiron de Oliveira (171 points), Josh Faircloth (168.5 points), and Lindomar Lino (86 points) rounded out the Top 5.
With the second-place finish, Lee earned 50 points towards the PBR world standings. Oliveira earned 30 points and Faircloth earned 20 points. Lino earned 15 points with his fifth-place finish.
There was a four-way tie for the high-marked bull on Sunday. Jacks (J.A.R.S Bucking Bulls/Gene Owen) was a high-marked bull ridden by Gay in the championship round with a 44-point marking. Other bulls with 44 points were Striker (J.A.R.S Bucking Bulls/Gene Owen), Air Bender (Rockin S Ranch / Cornwell Bucking Bulls) and Buckle Up (J.A.R.S Bucking Bulls/Gene Owen).
The BlueDEF Tour heads to Oakland, California, next month. The event will take place at Oracle Arena on Saturday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. PT.
The overall winner of the BDT season will be the rider who earns the most world points at the BDT level. He will receive $50,000 and qualify to compete at the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals.
Professional Bull Riders BlueDEF Tour Event Results:
Nov. 21 in Bakersfield, California
Final Results (Round 1-Round 2-Total Ride Score-Earnings)
1. Gage Gay, 85.5-88.0-173.5 points-$4,900.00
2. Mike Lee, 85.0-87.5-172.5 points-$3,500.00
3. Valdiron de Oliveira, 85.5-85.5-171.0 points-$2,100.00
4. Josh Faircloth, 83.5-85.0-168.5 points-$1,400.00
5. Lindomar Lino, 86.0-0-86.0 points-$840.00
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