FRESNO, Calif. – As a record-breaking weekend in Fresno came to an end on Saturday night, PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Marco Eguchi (Poa, Sao Paulo, Brazil) stood atop the shark cage after winning the Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour’s Fresno Invitational at Save Mart Center.
Following an 83.5-point ride aboard Slappy (Crown 7 Bucking Bulls) in Round 2, the 2018 World Finals event winner rocketed from the chutes aboard Spotted Demon (Julio Moreno/Dallas Schott) in the final round of the night but was no match for the powerful animal athlete.
Despite the buckoff, the win earned Eguchi 187.5 world points and a $5,622.22 paycheck. The young Brazilian began the weekend at No. 49 in the world standings and on a quest to return to the premier tour. He leaves Fresno ranked No. 24.
With the win, Eguchi earned an invite to the Days of '47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo on July 19-24 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
2018 PBR Mexico Champion Francisco Garcia Torres (Sal, Mexico) finished in second place, collecting a paycheck for $4,222.22 along with 107.5 world points. He rode to the runner-up finish compliments of his 82-point ride aboard Heat Seeker (Flying U/ Cindy Rosser) in Round 2 on Saturday night. In the championship round Torres bucked off Classic Man (Humpz and Hornz/Megan Ibrahimi) after just 1.72 seconds.
Idaho’s own River Stephenson (Blackfoot, Idaho) finished third overall for the weekend after he made the 8 aboard Custer (Flying U/Cindy Rosser) for 85 points in Round 2. Despite being bucked off War Cry (Julio Moreno/Dallas Schott) in the championship round, the young rider leaves Fresno with 80 world points and a $2,922.22 paycheck.
Brazilian rider Paulo Ferreira Lima (Bezerros, Pernambuco, Brazil) took home a fourth-place finish, collecting a paycheck for $1,622.22 and 20 world points. His Round 2 ride aboard Bringin Brother (Flying U/Cindy Rosser) for 77 points secured his place in the championship round, where he was bucked off by Squirrel (Julio Moreno/Dallas Schott).
Rounding out the Top 5 was recent Global Cup participant Juan Carlos Contreras (Huichapan, Hidalgo, Mexico) with a 73.5-point score in Saturday’s Round 2 aboard Drop Tyne (Nunes Livestock). Despite being dispatched off of Bad Brad (Humpz and Hornz/Sis ‘N’ Stan Bucking Bulls) in 1.71 seconds in the championship round, Contreras leaves California with 15 world points and $1,262.22.
Spotted Demon, a bovine athlete owned by Julio Moreno and Dallas Schott, took home the top bull score of the weekend with a 45-point recorded out in Saturday’s championship round. In a rematch from the 2018 World Finals, the rank bull dispatched Eguchi after 2.19 seconds in the final ride of the weekend.
The Velocity Tour next travels to Casper, Wyoming, for the Casper Classic on March 30 at the Casper Events Center.
Velocity Tour Event Results
Fresno Invitational – Save Mart Center – Fresno, California
Name, Round 1-Round 2-Event Aggregate-Event Points
1. Marco Antônio Eguchi, 85.5-83.5-0-169.00-187.5 Points.
2. Francisco Garcia Torres, 85.5-82-0-167.50-107.5 Points.
3. River Stephenson, 81-85-0-166.00-80 Points.
4. Paulo Ferreira Lima, 83-77-0-160.00-20 Points.
5. Juan Carlos Contreras, 84.5-73.5-0-158.00-15 Points.
6. Joe Frost, 0-87-0-87.00-60 Points.
7. Jake Lockwood, 86.5-0-0-86.50-55 Points.
8. Alex Cardozo, 0-84.5-0-84.50-5 Points.
(tie). Josh Tucker, 0-84.5-0-84.50-5 Points.
10. Kache Moosman, 0-84-0-84.00
11. Bryan Titman, 0-82-0-82.00