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Palermo notches first round win of 2014

palermoDULUTH, Ga. ― Brazilian Robson Palermo took the first round of the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series Duluth Invitational with an 88-point effort on Black Bart (JD Nix Rodeo Co.) in front of a sold-out crowd at the Gwinnett Center Saturday evening.

Palermo cut his 2013 season short after deciding to undergo surgery on both of his shoulders. After rehabbing day in and day out up until the kickoff of the 2014 season in New York, Palermo has continued to prove that he made the right decision last year.

Recent 2013 Touring Pro Division Finals event champion Stormy Wing placed second in the round with 87.5 points on Western Hauler (Jeff Robinson/Bar 3D Bucking Bulls) for the first ride of the night. Last weekend’s Chicago Invitational winner Marco Eguchi rode Freaky Eyes (Davis Rodeo Ranch) and 2013 PBR Rookie of the Year Joao Ricardo Vieira rode Hidden Pressure (Torres Brothers) for 87 points apiece to share a third-place finish.

The Built Ford Tough Series in Duluth continues tomorrow, Sunday, Jan. 19, at 2 p.m. with Round 2 and the championship round of competition. Both rounds will air Sunday night on CBS Sports Network at 8 p.m. ET.

Duluth is the third stop on the 2014 PBR Built Ford Tough Series, following the kickoff event at Madison Square Garden and a stop in Chicago. The season ends Oct. 22-26 in Las Vegas at the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals where the overall PBR World Champion will be crowned, presented the coveted championship belt buckle and awarded a $1 million bonus.

Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series
Duluth Invitational
Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Ga.
Event Leaders (Round 1-Event Points)…

1. Robson Palermo, 88-88.00 points.
2. Stormy Wing, 87.5-87.50 points.
3. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 87-87.00 points.
(tie). Marco Eguchi, 87-87.00 points.
5. Billy Robinson, 85.75-85.75 points.
6. Lachlan Richardson, 85.5-85.50 points.
7. Douglas Duncan, 85.25-85.25 points.
(tie). Eduardo Aparecido, 85.25-85.25 points.
(tie). Silvano Alves, 85.25-85.25 points.
10. Sean Willingham, 85-85.00 points.
11. Mike Lee, 84.5-84.50 points.
12. Matt Triplett, 84-84.00 points.
(tie). Ryan Dirteater, 84-84.00 points.
14. Markus Mariluch, 83.25-83.25 points.
15. Kasey Hayes, 83-83.00 points.
16. Valdiron de Oliveira, 82.75-82.75 points.
17. Claudio Crisostomo, 81.25-81.25 points.
18. Nathan Schaper, 81-81.00 points.
Aaron Pass, 0-0.00 points.
Austin Meier, 0-0.00 points.
Ben Jones, 0-0.00 points.
Brant Atwood, 0-0.00 points.
Chase Outlaw, 0-0.00 points.
Cody Nance, 0-0.00 points.
Emilio Resende, 0-0.00 points.
Fabiano Vieira, 0-0.00 points.
Guilherme Marchi, 0-0.00 points.
J. B. Mauney, 0-0.00 points.
Jordan Hupp, 0-0.00 points.
Jory Markiss, 0-0.00 points.
L.J. Jenkins, 0-0.00 points.
Pistol Robinson, 0-0.00 points.
Reese Cates, 0-0.00 points.
Renato Nunes, 0-0.00 points.
Ty Pozzobon, 0-0.00 points.