By: Justin Felisko
PUEBLO, Colo. – All three riders with a World Championship buckle at the PBR Caterpillar Classic this past weekend came through with successful performances. Of course, 2016 World Champion Cooper Davis was the biggest winner following his 94-point ride on Chiseled, and 2020 World Champion Jose Vitor Leme’s return from broken ribs with two 90-point rides certainly led to meaningful chatter.
Meanwhile, Kaique Pacheco was also doing what he does best – making the 8-second mark time and time again. The 2018 World Champion went 3-for-3 in Kansas City, including an 89.5-point ride on Hocus Pocus, and he has now ridden six consecutive bulls dating back to his victory in Glendale, Arizona.
The six consecutive rides are more than every other rider’s season total except for Davis (13 qualified rides) and Cole Melancon (6 rides).
Pacheco finished sixth in last year’s world title race. He posted a streak of six rides that ended during the 2020 World Finals, and he also began the 2020 season with eight consecutive rides.
The 26-year-old is riding at a career-best clip of 63.16% this year. The No. 2-ranked bull rider in the world is a mere 65 points behind Davis in the world standings heading into this weekend’s Lucas Oil Invitational in Louisville, Kentucky.
Here is a look at some other noteworthy stats from the weekend
47.25: We will get to Boudreaux Campbell’s score shortly, but let’s start with the bull that helped him get there – Woopaa. The 5-year-old bovine was scored a career-high 47.25 points Sunday to push himself into a tie with Chiseled for the No. 1 ranking in the YETI World Champion Bull standings. The bull score is also the highest for any bovine this season, and it is the third 47-point bull score of the year.
3: Woopaa has helped contribute to two of the Top 15 ride scores in PBR history in the past four months – Jose Vitor Leme’s 95.75 points at the World Finals (tied for 11th all-time) and Campbell’s 95.5-point ride in Kansas City (tied for 15th). Leme’s 94.75-point ride in Fort Worth also ranks as one of the Top 50 scores of all time.
95.33: Woopaa has been ridden three times in his past four outs for a massive average score of 95.33 points.
94: 2016 World Champion Cooper Davis’s 94-point ride on Chiseled was a new personal best for the No. 1 bull rider in the world. Meanwhile, it is Chiseled’s second-best ride score of his career. The 2019 ABBI Classic champion was marked 45.5 points.
2: There are two bulls sitting atop the YETI World Champion Bull standings, with Woopaa and Chiseled each having an average bull score of 46.33 points in three outs. Smooth Operator is No. 3 with an average bull score of 45.25.
5: Five bulls put up 45.5-point bull scores or higher in Kansas City: Woopaa (47.25 points), Juju (45.75 points), Mr. Right Now (45.75 points), Chiseled (45.5 points) and Ridin Solo (45.5 points).
33: Jose Vitor Leme went 2-for-3 in Kansas City with two 90-point rides, increasing his career total to 33 in 75 premier series events. Leme is now the second-fastest to 33 career 90-point rides in PBR history behind two-time World Champion Chris Shivers (33 90s in 70 events). All four of Leme’s qualified rides in 2021 have been for 90 or more points.
498: It had been 498 days since Chase Outlaw recorded a qualified ride on the premier series after two reconstructive left shoulder surgeries wiped out his 2020 season. Outlaw rode Bullseye for 89 points Sunday in Kansas City for a seventh-place finish in the event. It was his first ride since he rode Big Black for 91.5 points at the 2019 PBR World Finals. Outlaw earned 24 world points to move up to No. 46 in the world standings.
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