LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Round 1 of the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) BlueDEF Finals, presented by Pneu-Dart, is in the books and three-time PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals event winner Robson Palermo is sitting atop the leaderboard.
Palermo’s 87.25-point ride on Grandpa Joe (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Lacey Scott) was the top performance of the night and the Brazilian added 80 PBR world standings points to his season total.
Sitting in second place is Staley, North Carolina’s, Gage Gay with an 86.25-point trip on Traveling Jones (Cornwell Bucking Bulls). The 21-year-old picked up 50 world points for the finish.
In a tie for third place is Jorge Valdiviezo and Brady Sims, each earning 85.25 points on Escape Artist (Soggy Hill Cattle Co.) and Beer Nuts (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve), respectively. They received 25 world standings points.
Sitting at No. 35 in the PBR world standings, Douglas Duncan picked up 15 points for his fifth-place finish after covering After Party (Mark Reed) for 84.75 points.
The Top 5 men in the hunt for the 2015 PBR World Championship are in Louisville and are hoping to pick up valuable points that will bring them closer to the $1 million world title.
No. 3 Joao Ricardo Vieira was the only man in the group to make a qualified ride in Round 1 when he covered Little Waspy (Jim Bollinger) for 82.5 points.
Vieira is sitting in 12th place going into Round 2 and the ride could be of great value to him in the event’s aggregate race as 200 points will be awarded to the aggregate leader.
He currently trails world No. 1 J.B. Mauney by 1,397.5 points.
Round 2 and the championship round of the BlueDEF Finals will take place Saturday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. ET. PBR LIVE on CarbonTV.com will stream all of the action live. PBR LIVE is available at no charge to all fans and media.
The BlueDEF Finals is the last opportunity for the world’s best cowboys to earn the valuable points they need to qualify for the $2.3 million PBR World Finals taking place in Las Vegas on Oct. 21-25 at the Thomas & Mack Center. The season’s overall BlueDEF champion, the Top 3 performers of the BlueDEF Finals and the highest-finishing PBR international invitee will qualify to complete in the 5-day championship which will air live on CBS Sports Network, Oct. 21-24 at 9 p.m. ET and on Oct. 25 at 4 p.m. ET.
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