By: Justin Felisko
October 06, 2016
NAMPA, Idaho – World leaders Kaique Pacheco and Cooper Davis will begin the DeWALT Flexvolt Invitational with Round 1 rematches on Friday night.
Pacheco, the world No. 1 bull rider, will look to extend his 875.33-point lead on No. 2 Davis when he faces Say Goodbye (4-1, BFTS). The 22-year-old rode Say Goodbye for 76 points in the season-opener in Chicago.
Meanwhile, Davis will try to figure out his woes against Grandpa Joe (8-8, BFTS). Davis has been bucked off three times by Grandpa Joe, including once at the BlueDEF Tour level this summer. The 22-year-old has lasted 2.16 seconds, 5.8 seconds and 6.65 seconds – getting bucked off quicker each time – in three attempts against Chad Berger’s bull.
“I’ve got to beat him four times since he already has beat me three,” Davis joked.
Davis said that his strained riding wrist from Eugene was doing better after he turned down a re-ride option in the championship round.
“It is OK,” Davis said. “It was sore, but nothing serious.”
There are three additional rematches taking place in Round 1 in Nampa.
Three-time World Champion Silvano Alves squares off against Cowtown Slinger (24-17, BFTS) one week after earning his first win of the season. Alves is 2-1 vs. Cowtown Slinger. He last rode him for 86 points at the 2015 Sioux Falls, South Dakota, BFTS event. Alves also rode him for 88.25 points at the 2013 Built Ford Tough World Finals and lasted 7.33 seconds on him in St. Louis last year.
Lachlan Richardson will look for double magic on Pound The Alarm (17-12, BFTS) after riding the bull for 89.5 points at the February Kansas City, Missouri, BFTS event.
Marco Eguchi is one of three alternates competing in Nampa, and he has the final rematch of Round 1. Eguchi has drawn Jericho (3-0, BFTS), who bucked him off in 3.64 seconds at the Rocksprings, Texas, Touring Pro Division event over the summer.
Eguchi is in the draw because of injuries to Ben Jones (undisclosed) and Tyler Harr (broken rib). The 27-year-old is trying to qualify for the Built Ford Tough World Finals for the first time since 2014. He trails No. 35 Fraser Babbington by 12.5 points.
Matt Triplett filled Harr’s draw spot by using one of his five BFTS injury exemptions. Triplett earned 110 world points in Eugene, Oregon, last week and believes he can make up the 230 points separating him from the Top 35 and qualify for the World Finals despite undergoing elbow surgery in the offseason and reconstructive left shoulder surgery in April.
Triplett, 52nd in the world standings, has drawn Street Boss (0-0, BFTS) for Round 1 on Friday night.
Cody Campbell is competing in Nampa as the BlueDEF Tour event invite. Campbell went 2-for-2 to win the Albany, New York, BlueDEF event last weekend. Campbell is 245 points behind Babbington.
Campbell takes on Bad Cat (2-0, BFTS) in Round 1.
Not to be forgotten, Ty Pozzobon is making his BFTS debut for the first time since competing at the 2014 Built Ford Tough World Finals.
Pozzobon had been competing at PBR Canada events all summer long and earned 472.5 points since July 6 to crack the Top 35 of the world standings. The 24-year-old won five PBR Canada events, including last weekend in Abbotsford, British Columbia, and placed in the Top-3 of an additional four events.
The No. 31 rider in the world standings is set to face Phantom (1-0, BFTS) in Round 1.
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