HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – A rocking crowd of nearly 5,000 fans packed Huntington Beach for the Monster Energy Bulls on the Beach to watch Matt Triplett claim his first-career 15/15 Bucking Battle win, while two-time World Champion Silvano Alves gained ground in the PBR world standings.
Triplett’s ride of 87 points on Oklahoma Bell was one of four qualified rides on the day, earning the Montana native the win and $7,500. It moved him to within 2,026.67 points of world leader Joao Ricardo Vieira, solidifying Triplett as a contender for the world title entering next week’s PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals.
Alves, currently ranked third in the world, placed fourth with an 80.5-point ride on Alright, Alright, Alright. He turned down a re-ride to move to within 516.19 points of Vieira, who lasted just 2.64 seconds on Fire Rock.
Fabiano Vieira, who currently sits second in the world standings, bucked off Walk Off in 5.36 seconds.
World No. 5 Mike Lee also turned down a re-ride to gain ground on the world leader with 81.25 points on Ridin’ Dirty No Restraint. The effort marked his first qualified ride since his win in Laughlin, Nevada, and was good enough for a third-place finish in Huntington Beach.
Also on the move was Marco Eguchi, who jumped from No. 13 to No. 11 in the world standings with a second-place finish. Eguchi posted 84.75 points atop Velvet Rain.
With 5,500 points available at the World Finals, the title is still within the grasp of many of the top riders. No. 1 Joao Ricardo Vieira is seeking his first world championship; No. 2 Alves is looking for his third; No. 3 Fabiano Vieira wants to hold the trophy for the first time; and No. 4 Marchi and No. 5 Lee are striving for their second world titles.
Percolator put up the highest bull score of the event, earning 45 out 50 points, bucking off Emilio Resende in 7.65 seconds.
World Champion Bull Contender Mick E Mouse, meanwhile, nearly yielded his first qualified ride when Marchi, the 2008 World Champion, took him to 7.19 seconds before hitting the ground. Mick E Mouse, who has not been ridden in 26 outs on the BFTS, was the $25,000 Bad Boy Mowers Bounty Bull.
All of the action from the Monster Energy Bulls on the Beach can be seen on CBS Sunday at 3 p.m. or 5 p.m. ET. Please check your local listings for the time in your area.
The PBR is headed to Las Vegas next week for the Built Ford Tough World Finals, the season finale with $2.2 million up for grabs. For five days, the riders will be competing for the event title, worth $250,000, as well as the PBR World Championship, which is worth $1 million to the overall season points-leader.
The World Finals kick off Wednesday, Oct. 22, at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center and end on Sunday, Oct. 26. The rounds will start at 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, while the action on Championship Sunday will begin at 1 p.m. Each round will air live on CBS Sports Network at 9 p.m. ET, Wednesday through Saturday, and at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Tickets for the World Finals are on sale starting at $25 at the Thomas & Mack Center box office, UNLVTickets.com and by telephone at (702) 739-FANS (3267).
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