By: Justin Felisko
February 10, 2016
PUEBLO, Colo. – Guilherme Marchi is returning to action following a week hiatus on the Built Ford Tough Series because of injuries he sustained in Anaheim, California.
The 2008 World Champion continues to try and battle his way through multiple injuries this season and, for the most part, has been able to succeed in the arena despite torn ligaments in his knees and riding arm.
The latest injuries – a left hip pointer and left rib sprain – were what kept him from competing in Sacramento last weekend.
Marchi is 4-for-6 in two events this season and faces Percy (1-3, BFTS) on Friday night. Michael Lane rode Percy for 85.5 points in New York.
Also returning to competition this weekend is Douglas Duncan. The 30-year-old dislocated his right big toe and broke his right fibula when Gangster Roll stepped on him in Oklahoma City.
Duncan is 28th in the world standings. He faces Rattler (1-0, BFTS) in Round 1.
Dickies Bullfighter Shorty Gorham announced on Twitter that he also will be returning to the dirt in St. Louis after missing the final night of the Sacramento Invitational.
“Just heard back from Dr. Tandy,” Gorham wrote. “His original diagnosis was confirmed by MRI. I am good to go for #PBRSTL. #ThankYouLord.”
Meanwhile, Tanner Byrne has opted out of the Bass Pro Chute Out, presented by Cooper Tires, this weekend to be with his wife, Meghan, and newborn daughter, Layla.
Layla Mary Byrne was born at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday.
“Meet miss Layla Mary Byrne, greatest gift we could ever receive,” Byrne wrote on Twitter. “Crazy in love with our little girl.”
J.W. Harris (elbow surgery), Brady Sims (groin), Bonner Bolton (neck), and Matt Triplett (elbow surgery) are out because of injuries.
The injuries, as well as the retirement of Renato Nunes, means there are six openings in the draw this weekend.
Duncan is in one of the spots with the first of his two remaining injury exemptions, while Claudio Crisostomo is also competing via an injury exemption. Crisostomo has two more remaining exemptions following St. Louis.
Crisostomo is 3-for-9 this season and only has 20 world points. He faces Barracuda (7-1, BFTS) in Round 1.
The other four open spots in the draw are being filled by Cody Heffernan, Lindomar Lino, Tyler Harr and Nevada Newman.
Newman is competing on the BFTS for the first time in his career and has drawn Ante Up (0-0, BFTS). The 23-year-old has ridden five straight bulls on the BlueDEF Tour, where he won the Wichita, Kansas, event two weeks ago.
World leader Paulo Lima will look to bounce back from his 0-for-2 showing in Sacramento against Longmire (0-1, BFTS).
Defending World Champion J.B. Mauney faces Superstition (1-1, BFTS) following his runner-up finish to Fabiano Vieira last week.
Vieira is set to match up against Son Of Sioux (0-0, BFTS).
Gage Gay has a rematch against I’m Trouble (6-2, BFTS) in Round 1. Gay rode I’m Trouble for 85.75 points in Springfield, Missouri, last season. I’m Trouble was ridden by Kaique Pacheco for 86 points in New York.
In bull news, Mississippi Hippy will make his season debut during Sunday’s Built Ford Tough Championship Round.
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