PUEBLO, Colo. – The Des Moines Invitational was the first event this season in which less than 15 riders earned points toward the world standings.
Here is a by-the-numbers look at which riders were able to take advantage of the opportunity of there being a season-low 14 qualified rides, not including the 15/15 Bucking Battle, at Wells Fargo Arena.
7: Roy finishes in Top 5 in back-to-back weeks for first time since 2008
It had been six seasons since Aaron Roy placed in the Top 5 at a Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) event in back-to-back weeks until this past weekend.
Roy built off his fifth-place finish in Billings, Montana, by using his 85.75-point ride performance on Double Shot in the second round to earn a fifth-place finish in Des Moines, Iowa.
The 27-year-old’s ride on Double Shot earned him 60 points toward the world standings, while he earned another 65 points for finishing fifth in the event average.
Roy has gone 4-for-7 in the past two weeks and is averaging 85.81 points per ride.
In 2008, Roy finished fourth in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and third in Jacksonville, Florida, in consecutive weeks.
Roy went 5-for-6 in those two events and averaged 84.8 points per ride.
38.82 percent: Nathan Schaper makes up ground in just two events
Nathan Schaper has gone 6-for-9 in the past two BFTS events to earn 725 points toward the world standings, which is 38.82 percent of his 1867.7 points that has him sitting as the No. 3 bull rider in the world.
Three of his six qualified rides have placed him in the Top 5 of a round, including his 86.25-point effort on Air Bender to win Round 1 in Des Moines.
8: Aragao jumps to 25th in the world standings
Robson Aragao has been just outside of the Top 30 of the world standings for most of the season until Aragao put together a 2-for-3 performance in Des Moines.
Aragao isn’t one to score highly with his qualified rides, so it is crucial for him to try and put together multiple rides to attempt to earn points from the event average.
In fact, seven of his nine qualified rides on the BFTS have been scored 85 points or less.
Regardless, Aragao was able to earn 300 points toward the world standings with his two-ride showing in Des Moines.
The 35-year-old earned 240 of them for finishing second in the event average with a combined ride score of 168 points. He then earned his final 60 points from two fifth-place finishes in Round 1 and 2.
Aragao kicked off the Des Moines Invitational with an 83.75-point ride on Flip Out before riding Say I Won’t Playboy for 84.25 points in the second round.
The 300 points moves Aragao from 33rd in the world to 25th.
He now has a 300-point cushion from No. 35 Robson Palermo.
290: Mauney averaging 290 points per event when he earns points toward world standings
J.B. Mauney has earned points toward the world standings in five of the 10 BFTS events he has competed in this season.
After winning the event title in Des Moines for 560 points, Mauney is now averaging 290 points per event in which he earns any points toward the world standings.
Mauney has earned 315 or more points in three of those five BFTS events.
The 2013 World Champion has gone 14-for-31 (45.16 percent) in 11 BFTS events and he has four Top-10 finishes.
320: Davis continues slow rise up the world rankings
A week after being outgained by 255 points by Kaique Pacheco, Cooper Davis outscored Kaique Pacheco 320-0 in Des Moines to cut Pacheco’s lead atop the Rookie of the Year standings to 882.5 points.
Davis has earned points in six consecutive BFTS events to jump to 16th in the world standings after entering the Sioux Falls, South Dakota, event as the No. 30 bull rider in the world.
The 21-year-old is set to compete in his first 15/15 Bucking Battle on Saturday night in Colorado Springs, Colorado, at the Rumble in the Rockies.
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