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Pueblo PBR Day Two

Lisa Niday - Sunday, May 20, 2012

The second day of the Pueblo Invitational PBR event had almost twice as many rides as the first day. Brazilian, Emilio Resende, posted a round two win with 88 points. Chase Outlaw posted 87 points on Gets Trickey to take second in the round.

Seven bull riders have covered all of their bulls through round two. Leading the Pueblo Invitational in the average is Brazilian Valdiron de Oliveira (see video below) with 176 points. He is also leading the points race for the PBR world championship at the midway point of the season, but unfortunately re-injured a separated shoulder and was unable to compete in the 15/15 Bucking Battle later in the evening. Fellow Brazilians, Renato Nunes (see video clip below) and Robson Palermo posted an 86.5 and 87.25 respectively to bring their average totals to 172.25 and 171 respectively for the event. LJ Jenkins posted an 85 in the round to bring his average score to 169.25.

Valdiron de Oliveira posts an 87.75 aboard Altercation.

Renato Nunes ride aboard Thirteen puts him amongst the leaders in round 2.

Crowd favorite, Ben Jones posted an 83.25 to remain perfect with a cumulative score of 166.75. Sharing the same spot in the average total is alternate Jarrod Craig, who is certainly making the most of his appearance on the BFTS (Built Ford Tough Series). Completing the perfect scores, is 2009 World Champion, Guilherme Marchi with 164.5 points.

Luke Snyder aboard Change Up in round two.

15/15 Bucking Battle

Immediately after the conclusion of round two, the 15/15 Bucking Battle started. What is this format? The top 15 bull riders take on the top 15 ranked bulls in the PBR. The points count toward the world championship race only (not the weekend event) and are doubled for point placings which allows the riders to make up ground on the leaders. Unfortunately only one bull rider took advantage of the format, 2011 World Champion, Silvano Alves (see video below) was able to post a 90.25 on Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey. Alves was able to move to within 654 points of the PBR Championship leader, Valdiron de Oliveira. Alves philosophy of slow and steady wins the race, appears to be giving him the chance to be the first PBR champion to have back to back PBR championships. His momentum and health are high at the midpoint of the season with the summer break starting on Monday, while Valdiron is battling injuries (fractured eye socket, broken foot and injured shoulder). LJ Jenkins is also within 740.75 points of Valdiron. All of this is certainly shaping up for a close race to the finals.

Silvano Alves successful ride on Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey netted him 90.25 points and the only ride in the 15/15 Bucking Battle.

This afternoon the Pueblo Invitational finals will take place at 2 p.m. and promises to be a good conclusion to the first half of the BFTS season.

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