Brazilian Leonardo Lima Wins First PBR Round of 2021 in Cedar Park

Leonardo Lima Leonardo Lima Photo by AndreSilva-BullStockMedia, courtesy of PBR

Two Points Separate Top Six Riders Heading into Round 2 of the 2021 Cedar Park Chute Out on Saturday

As the dust settled after the first round of the 2021 PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour (PWVT) season in Cedar Park, Leonardo Lima (Vale do Paraiso, Brazil) stood alone at the top of the Round 1 leaderboard.

The 27-year-old, entering his third-year of U.S. competition, made the 8-second whistle early in the 45-man round on Friday night. Taking on Slumlord (Nothin’ But Try Ranch/’Diggers Bucking Bulls), Lima burst from the chutes, spurs flying, on the way to an 88.5-point score.
Earning an important seven world points for his round win, Lima is searching for his first qualification for the premier Unleash The Beast tour, and a win in Cedar Park would give him just that. Along with the points, Lima earned $789 and now sits tied for 14th in the world standings.
The lone rider representing the Great White North in Texas this weekend, Logan Biever (Claresholm, Alberta, Canada) was just one point out of first place in Round 1, turning in an 87.5-point trip aboard Wired Up (Rafter B Bucking Bulls/Harris).  
Competing in his first PWVT event since 2018, Biever sits in second heading into Round 2 and earned four world points and $591.75 for his Round 1 efforts.
North Carolina’s Eli Vastbinder (Statesville, North Carolina) rounded out the Top 3 at the end of the night. The decade-plus PBR veteran made his mark on the round with an 87-point ride. Matching his opponent Deplorabull (Winston Bucking Bulls/Melton Bull Co.) jump for jump, Vastbinder was one of the 13 rides in the round.
The third-place finish gave the 29-year-old three world points and $394.50.
Fourth place was split by three veterans, Valdiron de Oliveira (Balcimo, Brazil), Paulo Ferreira Lima (Bezerros, Brazil) and Francisco Morales (Irapuato, Mexico).
The 41-year-old Oliveira rode his way to fourth by besting Oilfield Outlaw’s Legacy (Oilfield Outlaw’s Bucking Bulls) to earn his 86.5-points. While Lima made the 8 aboard Speckled Chicken (Rawson/Obernagel/Daisy’s Bucking Bulls), PBR Global Cup competitor Morales took care of business on Rag Doll (Tom Baker Bucking Bulls).
For the three-way tie, each rider earned 1.33 world points and $65.75.
Texas’ own J.T. Moore (Alvin, Texas) got the night started in front of a home state crowd with his 86-point ride early in the round. Tupac (Dennis Davis Bucking Bulls/Just For Kicks) provided the bull power for the Alvin native who looks to capitalize on his position in Round 2 on Saturday.
Moore, finishing seventh in the round, earned one world point.
Along with the 13 qualified rides from Round 1, the Top 17 riders in buckoff time will advance to fill the 30-man Round 2 on Saturday.
The 2021 PBR Cedar Park Chute Out is the first stop on the 2021 Million Dollar Bull Team Challenge season, as Nothin’ But Try Ranch/’Diggers Bucking Bulls took home first with an aggregate score of 279.75 over three outs. UTC/Sellers Bucking Bulls finished second, turning in 274.01 points, and GT Bucking Bulls came in third with 273.37 points.
Fans can relive each out from Round 1 of the 2021 PBR Cedar Park Chute Out on Saturday, January 16 at 8 a.m. ET on or the RidePass mobile app.
The Cedar Park Chute Out returns to action tomorrow night at 7 p.m. CT for Round 2 and the championship round and can be seen live exclusively on RidePass.
Professional Bull Riders Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour
Cedar Park Chute Out
H-E-B Center – Cedar Park, Texas
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Event Aggregate-Event Points)
1. Leonardo Lima, 88.5-0-0-88.5-7 Points
2. Logan Biever, 87.5-0-0-87.5-4 Points
3. Eli Vastbinder, 87-0-0-87-3 Points
4. Valdiron de Oliveira, 86.5-0-0-86.5-1.33 Points
4. Paula Ferreira Lima, 86.5-0-0-86.5-1.33 Points
4. Francisco Morales, 86.5-0-0-86.5-1.33 Points
7. J.T. Moore, 86-0-0-86-1 Point
8. Chase Dougherty, 85-0-0-85-0 Points
8. Francisco Garcia Torres, 85-0-0-85-0 Points
10. Lucas Fideles Souza, 84.5-0-0-84.5-0 Points
11. Conner Halverson, 84-0-0-84-0 Points
12. Luis Blanco, 83-0-0-83-0 Points
13. Lucas Phipps, 56.5-0-0-56.5-0 Points
Grayson Cole, 0-0-0-0 Points
Jesse Petri, 0-0-0-0 Points
Jake Lockwood, 0-0-0-0 Points
Kyle Jones, 0-0-0-0 Points
Marcus Mast, 0-0-0-0 Points
Devon Weaver, 0-0-0-0 Points
Keith Hall, 0-0-0-0 Points
River Stephenson, 0-0-0-0 Points
Junior Patrik Souza, 0-0-0-0 Points
Hunter Ball, 0-0-0-0 Points
Cody Casper, 0-0-0-0 Points
Triston Dean, 0-0-0-0 Points
Cole Skender, 0-0-0-0 Points
Shane Proctor, 0-0-0-0 Points
Marcelo Procopio Pereira, 0-0-0-0 Points
Dalton Rudman, 0-0-0-0 Points
Alex Cardozo, 0-0-0-0 Points
Jordan Spears, 0-0-0-0 Points
Eli Miller, 0-0-0-0 Points
Jake Gowdy, 0-0-0-0 Points
Thor Hoefer II, 0-0-0-0 Points
Rodrigo Melgar, 0-0-0-0 Points
Juan Carlos Contreras, 0-0-0-0 Points
Ky Hamilton, 0-0-0-0 Points
Ruger Piva, 0-0-0-0 Points
Laramie Craigen, 0-0-0-0 Points
Wallace Vieira de Oliveira, 0-0-0-0 Points
Austin Covington, 0-0-0-0 Points
Ricky Aguiar, 0-0-0-0 Points
Rubens Barbosa, 0-0-0-0 Points
Carlos Gomes Junior, 0-0-0-0 Points
Romildo Rodrigues, 0-0-0-0 Points

By PBR Press Release