PBR World Finals 2018 Live @ LAS VEGAS – With only 1,535 points separating the top two riders heading into the 25th PBR: Unleash The Beast World Finals, slated to takeover T-Mobile Arena from Nov. 7-11, the five days of action where the world’s best riders are pitted against the rankest bulls is sure to be intense and action-packed.
The field is led by No. 1 Kaique Pacheco who has been dominant this season, recording an elite tour best four event wins, in addition to 14 Top-5 and 17 Top-10 finishes. Hot on Pacheco’s heels is 2017 PBR Rookie of the Year Jose Vitor Leme. Since the final regular-season elite tour event of 2018 in Nampa, where the Brazilian young gun was third, Leme has closed the gap on Pacheco by 455 points.
In the Rookie of the Year race, a mere 225.83 points separate the top four contenders heading into World Finals week. Standings leader Keyshawn Whitehorse will look to maintain his No. 1 ranking, while No.2 Colten Jesse, No. 3 Alex Marcilio and No.4 Nathan Burtenshaw prepare to battle it out on the dirt inside of the home of the Las Vegas Golden Knights.
Since making his PBR (Professional Bull Riders) World Finals debut in 2017, Jose Vitor Leme (Ribas do Rio Pardo, Brazil) has been flawless inside T-Mobile Arena, extending his consecutive-ride streak during Round 3 of the 25th PBR: Unleash The Beast World Finals, tying for fourth.
Leme is now a perfect 9-for-9 at the most prestigious event in bull riding. His latest ride came aboard a familiar foe, Bottoms Up (TNT Bucking Bulls/Hart Cattle Co.), for 89.75 points. Leme is now 3-for-3 against the bovine athlete having ridden him twice earlier in the season, first at the WCRA Rodeo Showdown in Las Vegas and again at the PBR Elite tour event in Tulsa, both 90-point efforts.
Set to attempt South Texas Gangster (Dakota Rodeo/Julie Rosen/Clay Struve/Chad Berger) in the fourth round, Leme will look to become just the second rider in league history, joining Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Brazil), to capture the World Finals event win in back-to-back seasons.
In the world title race, Leme gained ground on current No. 1 Kaique Pacheco (Itatiba, Brazil), who after electing to take a re-ride with a seriously injured knee despite making the 8 aboard Humdinger (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Heald Pro Bulls), was bucked off in 5.6 seconds on Cut The Cord (Broken Arrow Bucking Bulls). Leme now trails the world No. 1 by 1,262.5 points.
Eguchi, competing at the sixth World Finals of his career, is now also 3-for-3 in Las Vegas. He surged to the top of the event leaderboard in scoring his second consecutive 90-point ride of the World Finals, making the 8 aboard Stuntman Ray (Broken Arrow Bucking Bulls). Last night, in Round 2, the 29-year-old recorded the high-marked ride of his career, and the 2018 season, when he covered Spotted Demon (Julio Moreno/Dallas Schott) for 94 points.