Harris Wins 15/15 Bucking Battle, Ties for Round 1 Win

By: Denise M. Abbott
January 16, 2016

J.W. Harris doubles down with a 15/15 Bucking Battle win aboard Like a Boss for 88.75. Photo By: Andy Watson/

J.W. Harris doubles down with a 15/15 Bucking Battle win aboard Like a Boss for 88.75. Photo By: Andy Watson/

NEW YORK — With an 88.75-point score atop Like a Boss (Rocking I Rodeo Co), J.W. Harris claimed top honors in the first PBR (Professional Bull Riders) 15/15 Bucking Battle of the 2016 Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) and tied for the win with Robson Palermo in Round 1 of the Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden, the first PBR Major of 2016.

A leaner, determined Harris picked up 150 PBR world standings points for his finish in the 15/15 Bucking Battle as one of only two riders with a qualified ride in the round. Canada’s Tanner Byrne was the other, taking it to Heat Seeker for 84.5 points to claim second place and earn 90 points for the finish.

Reigning PBR World Champion J.B. Mauney got shafted in 3.71 seconds by Shaft (E-J Bucking Bulls, LLC/ Gene Owen) in the 15/15 round.

All of the action and excitement from this special round of competition, which features the Top 15 PBR bull riders and the Top 15 bulls going head to head, will air on CBS Television Network at noon ET  on Saturday, Jan.16.

With a score of 87 points, Harris and Palermo topped the leaderboard after Round 1 in the Monster Energy Buck Off. This is Palermo’s first round win since the BFTS Billings, Montana, event in April 2015. Both men earned 100 world standings points.

Joao Ricardo Vieira put up 86.25 points on Flip Out (Rocking I Rodeo Co) to land in third place in the round and gain 60 world standings points, while Lachlan Richardson and Mason Lowe rounded out the Top 5 with scores of 85.75 and 85.5 points, respectively.  Richardson added 50 world points to his season total, and Lowe received 40 world points.

Mauney rode Blue Hurricane (Cornwell Bucking Bulls), Robson “Spiderman” Aragao rode Machinery Auctioneer’s Little Joe (Rocking I Rodeo Co) and Ryan Dirteater covered Magic (Viducic Bucking Bulls) for 85 points to tie for sixth place. Each received 10 world standings points for their efforts.

Round 2 of the Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden takes place Saturday, Jan. 16 at 6:50 p.m ET. It will air on CBS Sports Network on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET. Fans can also watch all of the action live on PBR LIVE at

The BFTS is televised every week on CBS, CBS Sports Network and networks around the world. BFTS telecasts are produced for the PBR under a multi-year agreement with David Neal Productions, a Los Angeles-based production company led by 34-time Emmy® Award winner and Peabody Award winner David Neal, who serves as executive producer.

Professional Bull Riders – 15/15 Bucking Battle in NYC

New York, NY, 2016 

Event Leaders (Round 1-Event Aggregate-Event Points) …

1. J.W. Harris, 88.75-88.75-150 Points.

2. Tanner Byrne, 84.5-84.50-90 Points.

Joao Ricardo Vieira, 0-0.00

Valdiron de Oliveira, 0-0.00

Mike Lee, 0-0.00

Silvano Alves, 0-0.00

J.B. Mauney, 0-0.00

Gage Gay, 0-0.00

Kaique Pacheco, 0-0.00

Fabiano Vieira, 0-0.00

Cody Nance, 0-0.00

Nathan Schaper, 0-0.00

Reese Cates, 0-0.00

Stetson Lawrence, 0-0.00

Eduardo Aparecido, 0-0.00

Professional Bull Riders – Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden
New York, NY, 2016
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Round 4-Event Aggregate-Event Points) …
1. J.W. Harris, 87-0-0-0-87.00-100 Points.
(tie). Robson Palermo, 87-0-0-0-87.00-100 Points.
3. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 86.25-0-0-0-86.25-60 Points.
4. Lachlan Richardson, 85.75-0-0-0-85.75-50 Points.
5. Mason Lowe, 85.5-0-0-0-85.50-40 Points.
6. J.B. Mauney, 85-0-0-0-85.00-10 Points.
(tie). Ryan Dirteater, 85-0-0-0-85.00-10 Points.
(tie). Robson Aragao, 85-0-0-0-85.00-10 Points.
9. Wallace Vieira de Oliveira, 84.75-0-0-0-84.75
10. Paulo Ferreira Lima, 84.5-0-0-0-84.50
(tie). Tanner Byrne, 84.5-0-0-0-84.50
(tie). Kaique Pacheco, 84.5-0-0-0-84.50
13. Mike Lee, 84.25-0-0-0-84.25
14. Silvano Alves, 82.75-0-0-0-82.75
(tie). Fabiano Vieira, 82.75-0-0-0-82.75
(tie). Brady Sims, 82.75-0-0-0-82.75
17. Emilio Resende, 81.75-0-0-0-81.75
(tie). Eduardo Aparecido, 81.75-0-0-0-81.75
19. Shane Proctor, 80.75-0-0-0-80.75
20. Cody Nance, 78.25-0-0-0-78.25
21. Michael Lane, 75.5-0-0-0-75.50
Valdiron de Oliveira, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Cody Heffernan, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Kasey Hayes, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Justin Paton, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Douglas Duncan, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Gage Gay, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Tyler Harr, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Ben Jones, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Aaron Roy, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Rubens Barbosa, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Nathan Schaper, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Markus Mariluch, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Reese Cates, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Stetson Lawrence, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Stormy Wing, 0-0-0-0-0.00

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