PUEBLO, Colo. – Kaique Pacheco wasn’t kidding when he said following his Jack Daniel’s Music City Knockout victory he was gaining confidence.
Pacheco took his confidence south to Barretos, Brazil, this past weekend and went 5-for-5 to win the 2016 Monster Energy PBR Brazil event.
The win doesn’t provide Pacheco with any points toward the 2015 world title race, but it does give the 20-year-old another prestigious belt buckle as he tries to become the first PBR rookie to win the world title.
“I will return to the United States even more confident and maybe win another important title– my dream is coming true,” Pacheco told PBRBrazil.com.
The No. 3 bull rider in the world added that he believes winning in Barretos can help him achieve what so many other famous Brazilian bull riders have accomplished in their career by winning the World Championship.
Following his victory, Pacheco was mobbed by two of those historic World Champions (three-time World Champion Silvano Alves and 2008 World Champion Guilherme Marchi).
“I was so happy to see my friends celebrating in the arena,” he added.
Pacheco was able to best both champions by being one of two riders (Dener Barbosa) to go undefeated in Barretos.
He kicked off Sunday’s competition with his highest ride of the weekend when he covered Deserto for 89.25 points.
Pacheco then rode Fecha Buteco for 88.25 points in the championship round.
“When I went back to my second bull, there was even more adrenaline, but I thought that was my chance,” Pacheco said.
The leading contender for the 2015 PBR Rookie of the Year title began Barretos with an 81-point ride on Beija Flor and an 88-point ride on Come Gente.
He rode Farrista for 87 points on Saturday.
OTHER NOTES FROM BARRETOS
Marchi, who was competing with a torn right biceps in his riding arm and an aggravated PCL sprain in his left knee, went 4-for-5 to finish in fourth place.
Marchi looked in control for most of the weekend and finished second in the championship round with a 90.5-point ride.
Silvano Alves’ continued to struggle in his return from left hip surgery and went 0-for-2 in Barretos. Alves is now 1-for-8 (1-for-6 BFTS) since returning to competition in Biloxi, Mississippi.
World leader Joao Ricardo Vieira finished in 10th place by going 3-for-5, and Cody Nance (2-for-4) placed 15th.
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