With world No. 1 Jose Vitor Leme out, two-time and reigning PBR World Champion Jess Lockwood fails to ride and make up ground in the title race

Capturing his first round win since September 2019 Saturday evening during Round 1 of the elite PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Unleash The Beast’s Lucas Oil Invitational in Des Moines, Iowa, two-time PBR (Professional Bull Riders) World Champion J.B. Mauney (Statesville, North Carolina) inched closer to further cementing his name in the league record books.

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The Western sports world is running out of superlatives for Jose Vitor Leme’s 2020 season, which is shaping up to be one of the best in the history of Professional Bull Riders (PBR).
Leme went a perfect 5-for-5 at First Interstate Arena at Metrapark in Billings this weekend, winning his third PBR Unleash the Beast (UTB) event in a row, along with Saturday’s 15/15 Bucking Battle.

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Joao Ricardo Vieira Ties for 15/15 Bucking Battle Victory to Hone in on World No. 1 Ranking

FORT WORTH, Texas – In front of a raucous Texas crowd, home state hopeful Cooper Davis (Jasper, Texas) dominated the opening night of competition for the elite PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Unleash The Beast WinStar World Casino and Resort Invitational. Davis won Round 1 and tied for the victory in the 15/15 Bucking Battle, as Dickies Arena in Fort Worth welcomed back fans for the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic with new safety protocols in place.

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Win pushes Leme’s lead on world No. 2 to 365.75 points

In the shadow of Utah’s state capitol building, world No. 1 Jose Vitor Leme (Ribas do Rio Pardo, Brazil) finished the 2020 TicketSmarter Invitational, presented by Cooper Tires, with a bang. The Brazilian’s championship round ride had the socially distanced crowd erupting inside Days of ’47 Arena.

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Utah’s Keyshawn Whitehorse in Fifth After Round 1

As PBR (Professional Bull Riders) bucked on in the second half of the 2020 Unleash The Beast tour season, Days of ’47 Arena and the Rocky Mountains played as the backdrop of world No. 1 Jose Vitor Leme’s (Ribas do Rio Pardo, Brazil) bounce-back in Round 1 of the 2020 TicketSmarter Invitational, after a disappointing outing last weekend.

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The world’s No. 1 bull rider who had looked invincible finally faltered in Guthrie, Oklahoma, and a World Champion stepped up to win significant points and tighten the PBR title race.
As the revival of the iconic PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Bullnanza, part of the elite Unleash The Beast, wound to a close today, perennial contender Kaique Pacheco (Itatiba, Brazil) iced the competition to win his first elite tour event in 2020, gaining significant ground in the world standings and on No. 1 Jose Vitor Leme (Ribas do Rio Pardo, Brazil).

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The world’s best cowboys and bucking bulls clashed Saturday night in Bismarck to decide the first event of the 2020 PBR (Professional Bull Riders) second half, accompanied by loudly cheering fans during a dramatic, high-scoring championship round as one rider topped another, and the real human voices in the grandstands of the Bismarck Civic Center sure sounded beautiful.
As the PBR Dakota Community Bank & Trust Invitational presented by Cooper Tires came to a close, Colten Jesse (Konawa, Oklahoma) stood atop the Can-Am cage in the center of the dirt with a triumphant smile on his face following a title-clinching 92.25-point trip aboard Sky Harbor (Dakota Rodeo/ Chad Berger/ Clay Struve/ Wilks Ranch). Jesse put up the highest score of the weekend when it counted most to win the first event win of his career on the Unleash The Beast (UTB).

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More than 60 Oklahoma athletes anticipated to compete in home state including PBR world No. 5-ranked bull rider Colten Jesse (Konawa), two-time and reigning WPRA Breakaway Champion Kelsie Chace (Cherokee), and Oklahoma City’s own steer wrestler Tory Johnson

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Leme and Whitehorse Power Team Cooper Tires on Undefeated March to Monster Energy Team Challenge Championship
Team Cooper Tires: 177.25 points
Team Pendleton Whisky: 0 points
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The world’s No. 1 bull rider, Jose Vitor Leme (Ribas do Rio Pardo, Brazil), powered his team to the first multi-event team championship in PBR history with key support from a surging Keyshawn Whitehorse (McCraken Springs, Utah). In addition to Leme and Whitehorse, the bulls also starred in the Championship Sunday finale of PBR’s new team tournament, the Monster Energy Team Challenge, live on CBS with fans welcomed back into the arena. The bulls dominated the matchup, producing five scores over 45 points in the first half, and seven during the game.
Team Cooper Tires Captain Jose Vitor Leme got the scoring going, taking care of business aboard Sitting Bull (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Diamond Willow) for 88.75 points to end the first half.

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SCORE BULLETIN – PLAYOFF NIGHT TWO
Team Cooper Tires Rolls into Championship Sunday of New PBR Team Tournament
Team Cooper Tires: 344.75 points
Team Ariat: 89 points

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem rode out Old Glory to lead the opening ceremonies inside Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, and night two of the first major professional sport to host fans in North America since mid-March began with a bang.

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