LAS VEGAS – Jack Shot turned out to be the jackpot bull for new PBR (Professional Bull Riders) world No.1 Kaique Pacheco (Itatiba, Brazil).
Pacheco emerged as the only perfect rider in four rounds of intense bull riding, including conquering two-time World Champion Bull SweetPro’s Bruiser (D&H Cattle Co/Buck Cattle Co.) to become the Last Cowboy Standing Saturday night in Las Vegas. It was the Brazilian cowboy’s third consecutive win at PBR’s most demanding Major.
Pacheco went 4-for-4 over the weekend, including three rides on Saturday night. He sealed his repeat victory with an 88.5-point ride on Jack Shot (D&H Cattle Company/David Huffman) in Round 4. He received the highest score of the night with 92.75 points courtesy of a monster ride in Round 3 on Bruiser.
Pacheco picked up a total 940 world points over the weekend, along with a $160,291.67 check. More importantly, the 23-year-old Brazilian took the lead in the world standings from fellow countryman Claudio Montanha Jr., who is now No. 2, and heads into PBR’s summer break in the No. 1 spot.
“This is one of the hardest events to win; to do it for a third time, it’s amazing,” Pacheco said. “I’m happy to ride all my bulls. That’s what I’m here for. Finding out I’m now number one in the world makes it even better.”
2016 PBR World Champion Cooper Davis (Jasper, Texas) finished in second place after a 3-for-4 performance. Davis tied with young gun Koal Livingston (Burleson, Texas) for first place in Round 2 by riding Cool Customer (D&H Cattle/Flinn) for 89 points. Davis was eliminated in Round 4 by Chocolate Shake (D&H Cattle Company) in 3.28 seconds.
Davis earned 285 world points and $21,041.67 for the finish and moved from No. 11 in the world standings to No. 9.
2017 Rookie of the Year Jose Vitor Leme (Ribas do Rio Pardo, Brazil) ended the weekend in third place overall after being eliminated by Budakon (OK Corralis/Gordon/Rike Ranch/D&H Cattle Co) in Round 4. Leme leaves Las Vegas with 155 world points and $8,041.67, and heads into the summer break holding strong at No. 6 in the world standings.
After an impressive weekend, Livingston ended Saturday night with a fourth-place finish after his Round 2 tie with Davis. The young Texan was eliminated in Round 3 when he was bucked off by Canadian Mist (TNT Bucking Bulls/Hart Cattle Co) after 1.96 seconds. Livingston earned a total 115 points toward the world standings and $8,000. After beginning the weekend in the triple digits in the world standings, he moved to the No. 55 spot.
2008 World Champion Guilherme Marchi (Tres Lagoas, Brazil) rounded out the Top 5 in Las Vegas, picking up 75 points toward the world standings and $4,125. Marchi’s weekend ended when he was bucked off by his Round 2 bull, M.A.G.A. (TNT Bucking Bulls/ Hart Cattle Co).
Budakon (OK Corralis/Gordon/Rike Ranch/D&H Cattle Co) was named the YETI “Built for the Wild” Bull of the Event when he bucked off Leme after 3.09 seconds to the tune of a 45.75-point bull score in Round 4.
The 25th PBR: Unleash the Beast will now go on hiatus for its annual summer break before returning to action in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Aug. 11-12 for the Express Employment Professionals Classic at the Osage Casino.
The event will open the gate on the 10-event home stretch leading into the PBR’s World Finals at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena Nov. 7-11, where the 2018 PBR World Champion will be crowned.
25th PBR: Unleash The Beast - Last Cowboy Standing, presented by Ariat
Thomas & Mack Center - Las Vegas, NV
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Round 4-Event Aggregate-Event Points)
1. Kaique Pacheco, 86.25-82.25-92.75-88.5-0-349.75-940 Points.
2. Cooper Davis, 88.75-89-88.5-0-0-266.25-285 Points.
3. Jose Vitor Leme, 85.25-86.75-89.75-0-0-261.75-155 Points.
4. Koal Livingston, 84.75-89-0-0-0-173.75-115 Points.
5. Guilherme Marchi, 87.25-0-0-0-0-87.25-75 Points.
6. Matt Triplett, 86-85.25-0-0-0-171.25-70 Points.
7. Valdiron de Oliveira, 0-87.75-0-0-0-87.75-60 Points.
8. Cody Nance, 0-87.25-0-0-0-87.25-50 Points.
9. Luciano De Castro, 84.75-85-0-0-0-169.75-22.5 Points.
10. Silvano Alves, 83-84.5-0-0-0-167.50-10 Points.
11. Eduardo Aparecido, 0-85-0-0-0-85.00-7.5 Points.
12. Keyshawn Whitehorse, 0-82.5-0-0-0-82.50-5 Points.
(tie). Ryan Dirteater, 84-0-0-0-0-84.00-5 Points.
(tie). Tanner Byrne, 0-83.75-0-0-0-83.75-5 Points.
(tie). Lucas Divino, 82.5-0-0-0-0-82.50-5 Points.
(tie). Colten Jesse, 82.75-0-0-0-0-82.75-5 Points.
Claudio Montanha Jr., 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Ramon de Lima, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Jess Lockwood, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Fabiano Vieira, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Dakota Buttar, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Brennon Eldred, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Stetson Lawrence, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Derek Kolbaba, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Alex Marcilio, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Sean Willingham, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Marco Antonio Eguchi, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Joao Ricardo Vieira, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Tye Chandler, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Cody Campbell, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Cody Heffernan, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Juan Carlos Contreras, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Brock Radford, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Michael Lane, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Justin Granger, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Alisson Souza, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Lindomar Lino, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Junio Quaresima, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Cody Rodeo Tyler, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Ouncie Mitchell, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Francisco Garcia Torres, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
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