Jose Vitor Leme secures the Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour Championship
As the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Pendleton Whisky Tour Finals came to an exciting conclusion inside the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center in Las Vegas. Jose Vitor Leme world-ranked No. 1 bull rider secured the Velocity Tour championship and extended his world title race lead by 749.16 points over world-ranked No. 2 Jess Lockwood.
Leme came one step closer to inside the PBR record books as he secured the event title of the Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour Finals. Leme, the Brazilian stand-out rider felt the pressure on his shoulder increase after he entered round two after tying for fourth place in round one with a ride aboard Little Joe (2-1) and bucking off in round two just shy of the 8-second whistle.
Leme is no stranger to responding to pressure or rising to the occasion in Sin City, he was paired up with Sugar Boom Boom (6/4) to an incredible 89.50-point ride which was an event best score that propelled him to the lead of the event.
Securing the event title along with the championship of the Velocity Tour, Leme pocketed the 2017 Rookie of the Year $79,100.00 which is a nice payday but the, more importantly, Jose left South Point Arena with 297.5 crucial world points. Jose came into round two with a 484.16 point lead and has now extended the lead to 749.16 points leading to PBR Unleash The Beast World Finals Nov 6-10 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The 2019 Touring Pro Division Champion, Jess Lockwood 2017 and youngest PBR World Champion competed in the Velocity Tour Finals. The Montana state wrestling star started the event with an awesome ride on Hammered Down (1-1) and was able to notch 88-point ride in the first round. See the ride here.
Round two the Touring Pro Division Champion was paired up with Just Al (7/2) but was bested by the bull just shy of the 8-second whistle. The championship round pairing with Rebel Call (8/0) with Lockwood bucking off at 7.31 seconds, placing Lockwood eighth in the overall event earning 45 world points and $4,100.00.
Five riders earned berths to the 2019 PBR World Finals based on their performance.
PBR Brazil invite Leandro Machado earned the top international finisher invite to the World Finals, based on his finishing 10th place overall in the event. This was backed by an 86.5 point ride aboard Hot Spots (0-0) in round one.
The other berths were filled by Ramon De Lima, Austin Richardson, Ouncie Mitchell and Daniel Tinsman based on their standings in the Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour.
For De Lima, who finished the 2019 season ranked No.3 in the Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour standings, this will be his third consecutive world finals after a season plagued with injuries and a second-half surge.
After De Lima slipped down in the standings to 108 he worked his way back up through the standings with three top 10 finishes on the VT in consecutive weekends, which was capped off by a win in Huntington, WV which allowed him to make a triumphant Unleash The Beast return for the final two regular-season events and claw his way up to world ranked No. 41.
Fans who missed or would like to relive all of the action of the 2019 Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour Finals can do so starting at 8:00 AM on Monday, November, 4th. Given the high stakes of this event and the high-point rides this is an event fans may want to relive and not pass on checking out.