Leme Moves to No. 2 In the World with Win in Sacramento

Jose Vitor Leme winning ride Jose Vitor Leme winning ride Photo by Andy Watson/BullStock Media

As the dust settled inside the Golden 1 Center on Sunday evening in Sacramento, Jose Vitor Leme (Ribas do Rio Pardo, Brazil) stood atop the Can-Am cage in the arena with a triumphant smile on his face as he won his first event of the 2020 PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Unleash The Beast (UTB) season at the Wrangler Long Live Cowboys Classic.

Over the course of the weekend, which set a local attendance record for PBR’s 17th visit to Sacramento, Leme showcased the same energy and passion that fans saw during the heated 2019 world title race as he went a perfect 4-for-4, including winning or tying for the victory in three of this weekend’s five rounds.
As Sunday afternoon of the three-day event began, Leme conquered Danny Boy (D&H Cattle Co/ Gordon/ OK Corrals) in Round 3 for 87.75 score, landing him atop the leaderboard as the opening round ended.
In the championship round, the determined world title contender stood behind the chutes intensely watching Marco Eguchi (Poa, Brazil) take the lead with a 89.25-point ride aboard Midnight Rain (Dakota Rodeo/ Chad Berger/ Clay Stuve/ Staci Wilks/ N Bar Ranch), which made a qualified ride necessary for Leme to win.
On the last out of the three-day weekend, Leme mounted Rising Sun (Dakota Rodeo/ Chad Berger/ Clay Struve/ Heald Pro Bulls), fired from the chutes, and was in complete control on the big black bull for 91 points, clinching the win.  
The win moved Leme from No. 6 in the world standings to No. 2, a mere 7.25 points behind new world leader Joao Ricardo Vieira (Itatinga, Brazil), who became the world’s top cowboy after winning this weekend’s 15/15 Bucking Battle. Two-time World Champion Jess Lockwood (Volborg. Montana), who went 1-for-4 over the weekend, slid down to the No. 3 spot.
For his efforts, Leme earned $41,845 and 157.5 world points. 
Leme’s crowd-pleasing ride bumped fellow countryman Eguchi into second place for the weekend. Earlier in the night before his championship round battle with Leme, the veteran rider had made the 8 aboard Cold Water Willie (D&H Cattle Company).
Eguchi, who won the Sacramento event in 2012, also went 4-for-4 over the weekend, moving from No. 64 in the world to No.13. He leaves the Golden State with $16,500 and 77.5 world points.
Third place went to went to young gun Daylon Swearingen (Piffard, New York), just two weeks after winning the Chicago Invitational.
Despite a rocky start to the night when he bucked off Cha Ching (D&H Cattle Co./ Buck Cattle Co) at 7.94 seconds, the New Yorker recorded an 88.75-point ride aboard Smoke Show (Humpz and Hornz/ Sis ‘N’ Stan/ KMH) in the championship round.
Swearingen’s 3-for-4 weekend earned him $11,925 and 65.5 world points. He began the weekend at No. 4 in the world and now holds the No. 5 position.
Ezekiel Mitchell (Rockdale. Texas) came in fourth for the weekend after going 3-for-4. Despite a perfect weekend heading into Sunday’s championship round, the young rider was dispatched after 4.63 seconds as Chiseled (Flinn/ D&H Cattle Co.) exploded  from the chutes. The 46.5-point bull score earned the bull the title of YETI “Built for the Wild” Bull of the event.
Earlier in the night Mitchell bested Counting Cards (Flying U/ Cindy Rosser) in his Round 3 matchup with an 87.75-point score. 
The young Texan’s 3-for-4 weekend earned him $9,415 and 49 world points. He rocketed from No. 71 in the world at the event’s start to now hold the No. 24 position.
Rounding out the Top 5 was Claudio Montanha Jr. (Pacaembu Sau Paulo, Brazil) with a 3-for-4 performance. The confident Brazilian rider was matched with Fist City (Dakota Rodeo-Chad Berger/ Clay Struve/ Ken Barnhard) in Round 3 where he made the whistle and recorded and 86.25-point ride score.
In the championship round. Montanha Jr. selected Reinmaker (Flying U/ Cindy Rosser) and proved successful in his selection when he rode for 80 points, limping off and declining a re-ride option.
He earned $7,700 and 46 world points and more impressively moved up from No. 22 in the world to No.8.
Fans can relive all the action from Sacramento, on Monday, January 27 at 8:00 a.m. EST at RidePass.com or via the RidePass mobile app.
The PBR Unleash The Beast next travels to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and the Chesapeake Energy Arena for the Express Ranches Invitational on Friday, Jan. 31 at 7:45 p.m. CST and Saturday, Feb. 1 at 6:45 p.m. CST.
Elsewhere in the PBR, in front of a sold-out crowd inside the Nutrien Western Event Centre, three-time Glen Keeley Award winner Dakota Buttar (Kindersley, Saskatchewan) delivered a flawless 3-for-3 performance to capture his career-first PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Canada Monster Energy Tour event win, winning the Calgary Classic, the  season-launch event for the 2020 season.
Buttar began his march to victory when he recorded the fourth-best score of Round 1, logging an 85.5-point ride aboard Scarecrow (X6 Ranch Bucking Cattle).
In Round 2, Buttar then faced a familiar opponent, drawing Mish Mash (Vold Rodeo), a bull the Saskatchewan cowboy  had previously ridden to a Round 1 win at the 2019 PBR Canada Finals, scored 86 points.
In Calgary, Buttar again reached the 8-second whistle, this time marked 85.5 points.
Sitting atop the aggregate entering the championship round, Buttar architected his second rematch of the night, drafting two-time PBR World Finals selection Tykro Pound Sand (Wild Hoggs/Corey Chmelnyk) for the championship round.
The duo had met once prior, teaming up for an 87.5-point score during the championship round of the 2018 PBR Canada Finals.
Known to propel riders to notable victories, with phenom Daylon Swearingen (Piffard, New York) winning both the 2019 PBR Canada Finals and PBR Canada Championship aboard the bovine athlete, Tykro Pound Sand once again earned his rider a coveted buckle.
Bringing the record-setting crowd to its feet, Buttar recorded an 87.5-point ride to cement his victory. The four-time PBR World Finals qualifier earned $5,373.70, in addition to 535 Canadian and 30 world points.  Buttar remains the No. 1-ranked rider in the nation, extending his lead atop the Canadian standings, now 582.5 points in front of No. 2 Brock Radford (De Winton, Alberta).
Buttar also gained ground in the broader PBR world standings, now ranked No. 19.
Additionally, this weekend, the Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour (PWVT) stopped in both Lexington, Kentucky, and Spokane, Washington.
In front of a record-setting crowd at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky, Cole Melancon (Paris, Texas) and Lindomar Lino (Anapolis, Brazil) tied for the event win at the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) PWVT Lexington Classic.
Melancon began his march to victory after he split second-place in Round 1 courtesy of his 86-point ride aboard Kentucky Gambler (CBT 4).
The Texan then remained perfect inside the home of the Kentucky Wildcats when he was again runner-up in the championship round. In his final out, he reached the 8 aboard Whacked Out (GEM Bucking Bulls) for 89 points.
Melancon left Lexington with a check for $5,550 in addition to 31.5 world points.
Brazilian sensation Lino’s path to the top of the podium started with an 85-point ride on Shishkabob (Barrett Bucking Stock) in the opening round of competition.
He then brought the raucous crowd to its feet when he punctuated his flawless performance with a championship round-winning, 90-point ride on Sledge Hammer (Golden Boys/Knapp).
Lino’s golden performance propelled him to a $5,400 payday and netted him 32 world points.
Both men also earned a berth to the elite Unleash The Beast. They will appear on the sport’s top tour in Los Angeles for the Iron Cowboy, presented by Ariat, Major event at STAPLES Center on February 7-8.
In front of a sold-out crowd of more than 12,000 inside Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, fans erupted as Alex Santana (Chowchilla, California) earned the first PWVT win of his career with a perfect 2-for-2 performance at the first-ever Spokane Classic.
After an 80.5-point trip aboard CWZ-W400 (Wentz Bucking Bulls/Aces Wild Pro Rodeo) in Round 1, the Chowchilla cowboy covered the explosive Bottle Rocket (Corey & Lange Rodeo) for 83.5-points in the championship round.
The win earned Santana $6,250 and 34 world points, which launched him upward more than 100 spots up the world standings. Santana also earned a coveted invitation to appear on the sport’s top tour in Los Angeles for the Iron Cowboy, presented by Ariat, at STAPLES Center on February 7-8.
PBR Unleash The Beast - Wrangler Long Live Cowboys Classic
Golden 1 Center -Sacramento, California
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Event Aggregate-Event Points)
1. Jose Vitor Leme, 88-84.75-87.75-91-351.50-157.5 Points.
2. Marco Eguchi, 75.5-84.25-85.25-89.25-334.25-77.75 Points.
3. Daylon Swearingen, 85.75-85.75-0-88.75-260.25-65.5 Points.
4. Ezekiel Mitchell, 86-83.5-87.75-0-257.25-49 Points.
5. Claudio Montanha Jr., 87.5-0-86.25-80-253.75-46 Points.
6. Eduardo Aparecido, 0-87-84-78.5-249.50-33.5 Points.
7. Cody Teel, 0-86.25-85.25-68.75-240.25-25.75 Points.
8. Stetson Lawrence, 0-88-0-0-88.00-22 Points.
9. Alisson De Souza, 0-84.75-87-0-171.75-18.5 Points.
10. Lucas Divino, 0-85.75-85.75-0-171.50-15 Points.
11. Jess Lockwood, 87.75-0-0-0-87.75-10 Points.
(tie). Jake Lockwood, 0-87.25-0-0-87.25-10 Points.
13. Gage Gay, 0-0-87.5-0-87.50-9 Points.
14. Matt Triplett, 0-87-0-0-87.00-8.5 Points.
15. Leandro Machado, 86.5-0-0-0-86.50-8 Points.
16. Derek Kolbaba, 0-0-86.75-0-86.75-7 Points.
17. Junio Quaresima, 85-0-0-0-85.00-5 Points.
18. Kaique Pacheco, 0-0-85.75-0-85.75-4.5 Points.
19. Colten Jesse, 0-85.25-0-0-85.25-4 Points.
(tie). Bradley Brittain, 82-0-0-0-82.00-4 Points.
21. Mason Taylor, 0-83.75-85.25-0-169.00-3.75 Points.
22. Aaron Kleier, 0-0-85.5-0-85.50-3 Points.
23. Fabiano Vieira, 70-0-0-0-70.00-2 Points.
24. João Ricardo Vieira, 0-0-85.25-0-85.25-0.75 Points.
Dener Barbosa, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Brady Sims, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Taylor Toves, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Brady Fielder, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Ramon de Lima, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Shay Marks, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Lawson Nobbs, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Cody Jesus, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Silvano Alves, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Luciano De Castro, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Brennon Eldred, 0-0-0-0-0.00
PBR Canada Monster Energy Tour – Calgary Classic
Nutrien Western Event Centre – Calgary, Alberta
Event Leaders (Round 1- Round 2-Round 3-Event Aggregate-Event Points)
1. Garrett Green, 86.5-0-0-86.50-100 Points.
2. Dayton Johnston, 86-0-0-86.00-55 Points.
(tie). Zachary Laney, 86-0-0-86.00-55 Points.
4. Dakota Buttar, 85.5-0-0-85.50-35 Points.
(tie). Callum Miller, 85.5-0-0-85.50-35 Points.
6. Tim Lipsett, 84.5-0-0-84.50-12.5 Points.
(tie). Wyatt Gleeson, 84.5-0-0-84.50-12.5 Points.
8. Zane Lambert, 84-0-0-84.00
(tie). Jared Parsonage, 84-0-0-84.00
10. Austin Richardson, 83.5-0-0-83.50
11. Aaron Roy, 83-0-0-83.00
(tie). Nick Tetz, 83-0-0-83.00
13. Jackson Scott, 82.5-0-0-82.50
14. Wacey Finkbeiner, 82-0-0-82.00
15. Lane Mellers, 81.5-0-0-81.50
(tie). Griffin Smeltzer, 81.5-0-0-81.50
17. Nick Goncalves, 81-0-0-81.00
PBR Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour - Lexington Classic
Rupp Arena – Lexington, Kentucky
(Round 1-Round 2-Event Aggregate-Event Points)
1. Cole Melancon, 86-89-175.00-31.5 Points.
(tie). Lindomar Lino, 85-90-175.00-32 Points.
3. Junio Patrik Souza, 83.5-86.5-170.00-13 Points.
4. Paulo Ferreira Lima, 83-86-169.00-8 Points.
5. Alex Cardozo, 88-0-88.00-11 Points.
6. Nathan Burtenshaw, 86-0-86.00-4.16 Points.
(tie). Marcus Mast, 86-0-86.00-4.16 Points.
(tie). Wallace Vieira de Oliveira, 86-0-86.00-4.16 Points.
9. Amadeu Campos Silva, 85.5-0-85.50-0.66 Points.
(tie). Joao Henrique Lucas, 85.5-0-85.50-0.66 Points.
(tie). Bruno Scaranello, 85.5-0-85.50-0.66 Points.
12. Mauricio Gula Moreira, 83.5-0-83.50
(tie). Jesse Petri, 83.5-0-83.50
14. Bryan Titman, 83-0-83.00
(tie). Tyler Harr, 83-0-83.00
Professional Bull Riders Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour - Spokane Classic
Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena – Spokane, Washington
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Event Aggregate-Event Points)
1. Alex Santana, 80.5-83.5-164.00-34 Points.
2. Cody Campbell, 79-84-163.00-27 Points.
3. Matt Werries, 85-0-85.00-17 Points.
4. Pedro Fonseca, 84.5-0-84.50-10 Points.
5. Cody Casper, 83-0-83.00-5 Points.
(tie). Dakota Louis, 83-0-83.00-5 Points.
(tie). River Stephenson, 83-0-83.00-5 Points.
8. Luis Blanco, 82.5-0-82.50-1 Points.
9. Ricky Aguiar, 81-0-81.00-1 Points.
10. Brady Oleson, 78-0-78.00
11. Joseph McConnel, 75.5-0-75.50

By PBR Press Release