By: Staff Reports
March 12, 2016
DULUTH, Georgia — A near capacity crowd Saturday night at Infinite Energy Arena enjoyed the PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) return to Duluth, Georgia, after a year absence, and watched three Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) stars tie for first place in Round 1 of the Duluth Invitational. With 86.5 points each, Paulo Lima, Ben Jones and Stormy Wing split the round win and collected 70 PBR world standings points apiece for their finish.
As the third rider of the night, Jones covered Jeff Robinson’s Fire Rock to take the early lead. Just five rides later he was matched by Wing who earned his tying score on For Sale (McConnel Bucking Bulls). The two shared the lead until Lima joined them at the end of the night with his 86.5-point ride on U R Next (New Frontier Rodeo).
With his gritty 85-point trip aboard Spitball (New Frontier Rodeo), Gage Gay landed in fourth place picking up 40 world standings points.
Australia’s Justin Paton turned in an 84.75-point ride on Whistlin Dixie(Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls) to earn a fifth place finish and 30 world standings points. Kurt Shephard and Mike Lee rounded out the Top 7, earning 84.5 and 84.25 point scores, respectively. Shephard received 15 world standing points while Lee earned 5 world standing points.
Joao Ricardo Vieira, who entered the weekend No. 2 in the PBR world standings, was the only rider in the Top 3 to turn in a qualified ride when he rode Gold Rush (Paige Stout Bucking Bulls) for 82.75 points. Current No. 1 Shane Proctor was bucked off in 3.75 seconds by Psycho Kid (New Frontier Rodeo) while No. 3 J.B. Mauney, who returned to competition after skipping the Phoenix event, was bested by Tux (Rickey West Bucking Bulls) in 6.86 seconds.
Round 2 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round of the Duluth Invitational takes place on Sunday, March 13 at 2 p.m. ET. CBS Sports Network will air two hours of 8-second rides and wrecks starting at 5:30 p.m. ET. Fans can also watch all of the action in real time on PBR LIVE online at www.pbr.com/live, or via the PBR LIVE app, which is available for download now on Google Play and iTunes.
The BFTS is televised every week on CBS, CBS Sports Network and networks around the world. Television ratings for PBR on CBS are up more than 20 percent this season compared to last year at this time, according to Nielsen. 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 Built Ford Tough Series
Infinite Energy Arena, Duluth, Georgia
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Event Aggregate-Event Points)
1. Paulo Ferreira Lima, 86.5-0-0-86.50-70 Points.
(tie). Ben Jones, 86.5-0-0-86.50-70 Points.
(tie). Stormy Wing, 86.5-0-0-86.50-70 Points.
4. Gage Gay, 85-0-0-85.00-40 Points.
5. Justin Paton, 84.75-0-0-84.75-30 Points.
6. Kurt Shephard, 84.5-0-0-84.50-15 Points.
7. Mike Lee, 84.25-0-0-84.25-5 Points.
8. Tanner Byrne, 83.75-0-0-83.75
(tie). Derek Kolbaba, 83.75-0-0-83.75
(tie). Guilherme Marchi, 83.75-0-0-83.75
11. Fabiano Vieira, 83.5-0-0-83.50
(tie). Fraser Babbington, 83.5-0-0-83.50
13. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 82.75-0-0-82.75
14. Lachlan Richardson, 77.5-0-0-77.50
Shane Proctor, 0-0-0-0.00
J.B. Mauney, 0-0-0-0.00
Wallace Vieira de Oliveira, 0-0-0-0.00
Robson Palermo, 0-0-0-0.00
Eduardo Aparecido, 0-0-0-0.00
Kaique Pacheco, 0-0-0-0.00
Ryan Dirteater, 0-0-0-0.00
Valdiron de Oliveira, 0-0-0-0.00
Nevada Newman, 0-0-0-0.00
Rubens Barbosa, 0-0-0-0.00
Cooper Davis, 0-0-0-0.00
Aaron Roy, 0-0-0-0.00
Kasey Hayes, 0-0-0-0.00
Stetson Lawrence, 0-0-0-0.00
Juliano Antonio Da Silva, 0-0-0-0.00
Silvano Alves, 0-0-0-0.00
Lindomar Lino, 0-0-0-0.00
Douglas Duncan, 0-0-0-0.00
Tyler Harr, 0-0-0-0.00
Nathan Schaper, 0-0-0-0.00
Matt Triplett, 0-0-0-0.00
About the PBR (Professional Bull Riders)
The world’s premier bull riding organization began as a dream of 20 bull riders 23 years ago and is now a global sports phenomenon. PBR broadcasts reach more than half a billion households in 40 nations and territories around the world, and more than 3 million fans attend live events each year. On its elite Built Ford Tough Series, the PBR features the Top 35 bull riders in the world and the top bulls in the business. The televised Built Ford Tough Series, the BlueDEF Tour, the Touring Pro Division and the PBR’s international circuits in Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico have paid more than $150 million in earnings to its athletes. Twenty-eight men have earned more than $1 million, including two-time PBR World Champion J.B. Mauney who, with his 2015 PBR World Championship, became bull riding’s first $6 million man and the richest athlete in Western sports history at $6.7 million in career earnings. In May 2015, PBR was acquired by WME | IMG, the global leader in sports, entertainment, media and fashion. For more information on the PBR, go to PBR.com, or follow on Facebook at Facebook.com/PBR, Twitter at Twitter.com/PBR, and YouTube at YouTube.com/PBR
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