By: Kristian Limas
December 23, 2016
PUEBLO, Colo. – The 2016 Built Ford Tough Series season was one of the tightest championship races in PBR history, which ended with Cooper Davis claiming the title on the last day of the season.
In such a tight race, it was no surprise that 2016 was full of amazing and memorable rides.
From J.B. Mauney’s gritty effort in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to Davis’ $1 million ride in Las Vegas, there were plenty of moments to choose from.
As the PBR prepares to embark upon another season, starting with the Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden Jan. 6-8, PBR.com has gathered the Top 16 scored rides of the 2016 season.
J.B. Mauney vs. Pearl Harbor, 94.25, Sioux Falls 15/15 Bucking Battle
J.B. Mauney’s ride on Pearl Harbor in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, almost didn’t happen. Mauney was injured in Round 1 forcing him to pull out early and his participation in the 15/15 Bucking Battle looked questionable. Despite having no feeling in his left hand at all, Mauney got on Pearl Harbor and delivered a ride that would not be bested the rest of the year.
J.B. Mauney vs. Stone Sober, 92.5, DeWalt FLEXVOLT Invitational
Mauney turned in seven of the Top 16 rides of 2016 but, up until Nampa, Idaho, he had not won a BFTS event in the 2016 season. That changed when he capped a 2-for-3 performance with a 92.5-point ride on Stone Sober in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round.
Lachlan Richardson vs. Seven Dust, 92.25, Thackerville 15/15 Bucking Battle
Australian Lachlan Richardson shocked the BFTS when he came out of nowhere to win the Thackerville, Oklahoma, 15/15 Bucking Battle with a 92.25-point ride on Seven Dust. The ride was the highest score of his career and was the first and only ride Seven Dust has surrendered.
Cooper Davis vs. Crossfire, 91.5, Ty Murray Invitational
Cooper Davis was not quite yet on the path to the 2016 World Championship early in the season, but his 91.5-point ride on Crossfire in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was a sign of things to come for the Jasper, Texas, bull rider.
J.B. Mauney vs. Brutus, 91.25, Sacramento Invitational
Before winning in Nampa, Mauney came close to yet another event win in Sacramento, California, early in the 2016 season. His 91.25 points aboard Brutus was the highest-scored ride of the event, but it was not enough to hold off Fabiano Vieira.
Cooper Davis vs. Catfish John, 91, 2016 Built Ford Tough World Finals
Not only did Cooper Davis’ 91-point ride on Catfish John win him Round 5 of the 2016 Built Ford Tough World Finals, it also sealed his 2016 World Championship. He became the first rider to win the World Championship the year after winning the World Finals event.
Mason Lowe vs. SweetPro’s Bruiser, 91, Express Employment Professionals Invitational
Mason Lowe is no stranger to rank bulls, and he made that clear when he rode SweetPro’s Bruiser for 91 points in Oklahoma City. The ride was the only one the 2016 World Champion Bull would surrender all season.
Jess Lockwood vs. Modified Clyde, 90.5, Stanley Performance in Action Invitational
Jess Lockwood’s event-winning 90.5-point ride on Modified Clyde was special in a few ways. It secured Lockwood’s first career BFTS event win, was his first 90-point ride in the BFTS and ensured that his first win would come in his home state. It was also a sign of great things to come for the now 19-year-old.
J.B. Mauney vs. SweetPro’s Long John, 90.25, Express Employment Professionals Invitational
In the first meeting between the two reigning World Champions, Mauney came out on top after riding SweetPro’s Long John for 90.25 points in Oklahoma City. It was the only ride the 2015 World Champion Bull gave up all season.
Fabiano Vieira vs. Roy, 90.25, Sacramento Invitational
Fabiano Veira’s second BFTS event win of the 2016 season came when he conquered Roy for 90.25 points in the championship round. The ride capped off a 3-for-3 weekend that helped fight off Mauney for the event win.
Kaique Pacheco vs. Crazy Horse, 90.25, Cooper Tires Take the Money and Ride
Kaique Pacheco closed out the regular season with a 90.25-point ride on Crazy Horse to win the championship round in Tucson, Arizona. Though the World Championship would eventually slip out of his hands, he still led the BFTS in qualified rides with 52.
J.B. Mauney vs. Sheep Creek, 90.25, Bass Pro Chute Out
Up until St. Louis, Mauney had never won a 15/15 Bucking Battle in his career. His 90.25-point ride on Sheep Creek ensured that he won his first in emphatic fashion. Mauney would go on to win the next two 15/15 Bucking Battles.
J.B. Mauney vs. Texicali, 90.25, Music City Knockout
Mauney knew he had to deliver if he wanted to go far at the Music City Knockout. Being no stranger to being clutch, he threw down a 90.25-point ride on Texicali to move on.
J.B. Mauney vs. Red Dawn, 90.25, 2016 Built Ford Tough World Finals
Mauney’s 90.25-point ride on Red Dawn won Round 4 of the Built Ford Tough World Finals and ensured that the three-way race between he, Pacheco and Davis would not be settled until the very last day of the season. The ride was also the seventh 90-point ride of the season, which led the BFTS.
Paulo Lima vs. Cochise, 90, Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden
Paulo Lima closed out his weekend in New York City with a bang when he rode Cochise for 90 points to win the first PBR Major of the season. Lima said he knew he was going to pick Cochise because of a dream he had the night before, it was a hunch that paid off big.
Joao Ricardo Vieira vs. Time Bomb, 90, Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden
Not to be outdone, Joao Ricardo Vieira’s 90-point ride on Time Bomb helped him tie for the championship round win at the first PBR Major of the season.
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