By Keith Ryan Cartwright | Jun 08, 2012 @ 11:05 AM
FORT WORTH, Texas - Fabiano Vieira expected to
contend for a world title this year.
But upon entering the United States, a problem with his visa was
discovered. One box had been checked incorrectly on his previous
application, and it took nearly two months to sort out. He missed
the first six Built Ford Tough Series events of 2012.
"It was extremely frustrating," said Vieira. "I was in Brazil, so
I couldn't ride in the events here and I couldn't ride in the
events there. I started the year off with the intention of being a
World Champion, and I missed six events.
"It makes it a lot harder to get to my objective, and it was very
At ninth in the world, Fabiano Vieira has a higher riding
percentage than five of the men ranked ahead of him.
Still, Vieira is currently ranked ninth in the world. No one
would ever think he missed a single event.
In fact, no other rider in the Top 15 has missed more than three
events, yet Vieira is ranked higher than 15 others who have ridden
in more BFTS events than he has.
In 13 events he has finished in the Top 10 eight times - three
times in the Top 5, including an event win in Indianapolis.
"I came here to win a World Championship, and nothing is
impossible," said Vieira, who despite the missed events is focused
on finishing as a viable contender in the Top 5. "In my head -
everything I'm doing when I'm riding - I'm aiming at a World
'In my head - everything I'm doing when I'm riding
- I'm aiming at a World Championship.'
He's earned a total of 5,050.75 points for an average of 388.5
points per event, and he's gone 0-for-the-weekend in regular
competition only once since arriving. That was in Nampa, Idaho,
where he still managed to post 90.25 points in the special 15/15
Bucking Battle round.
Like many of the other Brazilian riders, he's spending the summer
months in South America.
Fabiano Vieira notches 90.25 points on Cooper Tires Grey Ghost
in Nampa, Idaho.
Unhappy with having ridden only two of his past seven bulls -
he's covered 57.5 percent on the season - Vieira said he intends to
compete at four or five international PBR events taking place in
The summer (locally winter) schedule in Brazil is well underway,
with six different events taking place this weekend.
"When I get back from the break, I plan on riding twice as good as
I am now," he said. "The last couple of events I've been riding
poorly and I've had great bulls. It's been my fault that I've come
off the bulls - not the bulls' - and when I come back I'm going to
be riding a lot better."
He trails world leader Valdiron de Oliveira by
3,166.25 points, but is less than 800 points outside of the Top
Vieira said he has no concerns about returning to the
"My visa is good now," he said. "I won't have any more problems.
It was just a problem from last year, but now it's good."