Joao Ricardo Vieira Continues Standings Climb

PUEBLO, Colo. – Joao Ricardo Vieira may be second in the PBR world standings following this past weekend’s First PREMIER Bank PREMIER Bankcard Invitational in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, but you can expect there to be more to come from the 30-year-old bull rider.

“It is good, but I need to be No. 1,” Vieira said about being the No. 3 bull rider in the world at the start of Round 2 on Saturday night.

Here is a by-the-numbers look at some highlights from the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center.

8: Vieira’s streak ends at eight, but Vieira remains on the move

Vieira was less than 2 seconds away from winning the event Saturday night before Diesel bucked him off at the 6.99-second mark in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round, ending the bull rider’s streak of eight consecutive rides on the Built Ford Tough Series.

The 2013 Rookie of the Year wound up placing third in the event and took home 240 points toward the standings.

Vieira has accumulated the most points on the Built Ford Tough Series (1,245) in the past three weeks and has out-gained world leader Matt Triplett every week.

Therefore, Triplett’s lead has shrunk to just 695 points on Vieira, who is the No. 2 bull rider in the world – the highest he has been ranked all season.

105: Crisostomo surpasses 100 points again

Claudio Crisostomo is making quick work with his eight injury exemptions since returning from his broken right clavicle. For the second week since coming back to the BFTS, Crisostomo picked up 100-plus points toward the world standings.

Crisostomo was the main benefactor of there being only 20 qualified rides, which is tied for a BFTS season-low with Iron Cowboy, as he picked up 105 points for placing fourth overall in the event average (165.25 points) by riding Trendon for 82.75 points in the first round and Megaton for 82.5 points in the second round.

In comparison, Tanner Byrne had a two-ride score of 166.25 points two weeks ago in Fresno, California, but finished tied for 13th place and only received 10 points toward the world standings.

Crisostomo has gone 4-for-6 in two BFTS events and earned 215 points to already jump to 33rd in the world standings. He trails No. 30 Bryan Titman by just 30 points.

15: Points for everyone!

All 15 riders that posted qualified rides in Sioux Falls walked away with points toward the world standings – the first time that has happened this season.

Ten riders posted just one qualified ride, but still walked away with points.

Ben Jones led the way of that group of riders with his 86.5-point ride on Tahonta’s Magic to tie for second place in Round 2. He tied for sixth in the event average and earned a total of 87.5 points. Jones heads into the Ty Murray Invitational 17th in the world standings.

The ride ended a streak of 11 straight buckoffs.

“It’s been a long time,” Jones said. “I get mad all the time, but last night (Round 1) was just the final straw. I went with the wife straight to the motel and I was cranky and she said get it all out. So I went outside and let it all out. We woke up this morning and she said it is time to forget about it and do your job.

“Everyone knows how hard I fought to get back here. Troy Dunn used to say, ‘When you are here, it is time to have fun and let it hang.’ Pressure can be one of your worst enemies.”

+18: 2004 World Champion gets away from cutline

Sioux Falls winner Mike Lee admitted this weekend that he had no idea how close he was to being cut from the BFTS until he heard it during the in-arena broadcast.

Lee’s 530 total points helped him move up 18 spots in the world standings, and the 2004 World Champion now sits comfortably at No. 15 in the world.

The Decatur, Texas, began the weekend 37.5 points out of the last guaranteed spot in the draw for a BFTS event and left 475 points ahead of it going into the Ty Murray Invitational in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

1.67: Boot Jack bucking off opponents faster and faster

Boot Jack has bucked off all five of his foes this season and his opponents are getting eliminated quicker in each out.

Chad Berger’s bull was named the high-marked bull in Sioux Falls after he bucked off Valdiron de Oliveira in 1.67 seconds.

It was the fifth-straight out in which Boot Jack has bucked off his opponent quicker than his previous out.

Boot Jack began the year with a 6.58-second buckoff of Cody Nance in Sacramento, California.

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