PUEBLO, Colo. – Reigning PBR Australia champion Aaron Kleier did not need much time to pick up where he left off from last season.
Kleier went 3-for-3 to win the 2019 PBR Australia Monster Energy Tour Adelaide Invitational on Saturday.
The 20-year-old used consistency over flash to earn his first victory of 2019 and move into the world No. 1 ranking in the early 2019 world standings.
Kleier began his weekend with 82.5 points on Hot Dots in Round 1. He then won Round 2 with an 83-point ride on Snitch.
The Clermont, Australia, bull rider then sealed the win in the championship round with an 82-point ride on Call Me Joe.
“I am glad I did my job,” Kleier said on RidePass. “It wasn’t the prettiest but I did my job and that is what counts.”
Kleier not only took over the No. 1 ranking in the PBR Australia standings, but he also moved 40 points ahead of No. 2 Ezekiel Mitchell in the world standings after earning 170 world points in Adelaide.
The Aussie cowboy has been one of the best riders Down Under since turning pro two years ago.
Kleier won the 2018 PBR Australia title with 46 qualified rides in 80 attempts (57.6 percent). He won six events and had 20 Top-5 finishes.
Kleier’s ranking in the PBR Australia standings will lead to an invitation for him to compete for Team Australia at the 2019 WinStar World Casino & Resort Global Cup USA on Feb. 9-10 in Arlington, Texas.
Nathan Burtenshaw, Lachlan Richardson, Cliff Richardson and Cody Heffernan have already been named to the Team Australia squad by coach Troy Dunn.
Kleier is 2-for-5 in Global Cup competition, having ridden for Team Australia at the PBR Global Cup in Edmonton and Sydney.
Rubens Barbosa won two of three rounds in Adelaide, giving him four round wins in his last five rides in Australia, to finish in second place.
Barbosa won Round 1 with 84.5 points on YTB. He then bounced back from a 7.8-second buckoff against No Limits in Round 2 to win the championship round aboard Night Hawk (85 points).
The 35-year-old earned 90 points toward the world standings and is currently ranked No. 4.
Rounding out the Top 5 in Adelaide was Brady Fielder (2-for-3, 55 world points), 2016 PBR Australia champion Heffernan (1-for-3, 20 world points) and Lachlan Slade (1-for-3, 15 world points).
Bring The Action was named the Bull of the Event with a 43.5-point bull score for a 2.37-second buckoff of Kyle Maskiell in the championship round.
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