BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Derek Kolbaba captured the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) BlueDEF Tour (BDT) event victory on Saturday night with a total score of 169.5 points inside Rabobank Arena.
Kolbaba went 2-for-2 and earned a total of $6,250 after riding Buck Even (Western Rodeos, Inc. / Dan & Linda Russell) for 84.5 points in Round 1 and Hair Trigger (Humpz N Horns / KMH / Wes Ibrahimi) for 85 points in the championship round.
It is the 19-year-old’s first event victory of the 2016 BlueDEF season. With the win, Kolbaba earned 80 points towards the 2016 PBR world standings and an invitation to compete at the Built Ford Tough Series season opener at Allstate Arena in Chicago on Jan. 9-10.
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.
Paulo Lima earned the original exemption to compete in the Chicago Invitational with his win at Clovis, N.M., but will use that exemption in Oklahoma City on Jan. 22-24.
In second place was 2004 World Champion Mike Lee with a total score of 168.5 points, while Dallee Mason (167 points), Tyler Harr (166 points), and Jess Lockwood (85.5 points) and Emilio Resende (85.5 points) rounded out the Top 5.
With the second-place finish, Lee earned 50 points towards the PBR World Standings. Mason earned 30 and Harr earned 20 points toward the world standings. Tied for fifth place, Lockwood and Resende each earned 12.5 points.
Lee posted the highest-score of the evening with 86 points on Wilbur (Julio Moreno Bucking Bulls / Julio Moreno) to win the championship round.
With a 2.63-second buckoff of Lima in the championship round, El Capitan (Humpz and Hornz / Sis & Stan Bucking Bulls) split the high-marked bull score of the event of 43.5 points with Julio Moreno Bucking Bulls / Fournier / Julio Moreno’s Boo-Ray, who bucked off Marco Eguchi in 2.34 seconds in the championship round.
The BlueDEF Tour heads to Cincinnati in two weeks. The event will take place at U.S. Bank Arena on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. ET.
The event will be streamed live on PBR LIVE on CarbonTV.com starting at 5:30 p.m. ET.
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. Derek Kolbaba, 84.5-85.0-169.5 points-$6,250.00
2. Mike Lee, 82.5-86.0-168.5 points-$4,700.00
3. Dallee Mason, 83.5-83.5-167.0 points-$2,400.00
4. Tyler Harr, 81.0-85.0-166.0 points-$2,150.00
5/6. Jess Lockwood, 85.5-0-85.5 points-$1,750.00
5/6. Emilio Resende, 85.5-0-85.5 points-$1,750.00
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