Mauney getting closer to third world title ~ Justin Felisko

Mauney getting closer to third world title ~ Justin Felisko

Posted in [PBR], [Victoria] By Victoria Lynn
Here are three things we learned from Round 2 of the 2016 Built Ford Tough World Finals at T-Mobile Arena.

Mauney a bull ahead of world title contenders (11-4-16)

J.B. Mauney leaned back in his chair with his brown hair sticking out of his black cowboy hat and sipped on a cold Bud Light.

The two-time World Champion had the Round 3 bull draft in his hands, but he was at total ease with having the fifth pick in the draft.

Mauney was fresh off an 87-point ride on Margy Time in Round 2 for a fifth-place finish and 75 world points.

Meanwhile, on the right side of the locker room world leader Kaique Pacheco, who had the 14th pick in the draft following his 7.45-second buckoff against Pearl Harbor, was consulting with three-time World Champion Silvano Alves over the list of bulls in his hand.

There wasn’t panic on the world leader’s face, but Pacheco certainly knew he let a golden opportunity slip by for a possible round win on Thursday night.

World No. 2 Cooper Davis was still a little red in the face and was wiping off the sweat trickling down his face after lasting just 3.12 seconds on David’s Dream in Round 2.

“He just rolled me into my hand and I fell off,” Davis said.

Frustration certainly was also on his mind as he mulled over what he would be left with at the 31st pick.

The Round 3 draft order was based on Round 2 results at the World Finals, not the overall aggregate per the PBR World Finals ground rules.

Now, Pacheco and Davis will have to come from a bull behind if they hope to fend off Mauney from defending his world title.

Mauney is still 525.33 points behind Pacheco for the world No. 1 ranking, but he is the only rider in the Top 5 of the world standings still a perfect 2-for-2 and he is tied for second in the event average with 172.75.

“I am just confident,” Mauney said after selecting Legacy. “I don’t get cocky and I don’t try to tell anybody I am going to do anything. You have to do it first.”

Mauney also admitted that he has learned some things in his 11 trips to the World Finals.

“It doesn’t matter how worked up I get, you never let them see you sweat,” Mauney said. “And, I don’t know, being here 11 times helps out a lot too.”

Mauney was bucked off by Legacy in Rocksprings, Texas, at a Touring Pro Division event in 7.43 seconds.

“I got on him in Rocksprings this year and he threw me right off at the whistle, but he is going to buck and you can end up being a lot of points on him,” Mauney said.

Mauney was quick to point out that the 2016 world title race is still very far from over even with Pacheco and Davis bucking off.

“They act like just because those guys bucked off of one it is over with,” Mauney said. “It is not even close to being over with. I know that.”

That couldn’t be truer after Pacheco got a possible lucky break during the bull draft.

Thirteen riders passed on the opportunity to select Crazy Horse and Pacheco pounced on the opportunity.

Pacheco rode Crazy Horse for 90.25 points to win the Built Ford Tough Championship Round in Tucson, Arizona, during the regular-season BFTS finale and regain the world No. 1 ranking.

He also rode Crazy Horse for 88.5 points to win the BFTS in Charlotte last month.

Davis is still 60.33 points behind Pacheco and ended up selecting Hammer Down. 

“I wish they would draw all them,” Davis said. “There were still a lot of good bulls left and that was one of the top picks I had. I don’t think anybody knew a whole lot about him. From what I have seen of him the one time, he was out of the left and to the right really bucking.”

Ty Pozzobon continuing to battle through a broken hand

In the last two years, Ty Pozzobon has had his head stomped on, his leg broken, a collapsed lung and his shoulder torn out.

So it probably shouldn’t be a surprise that he is 2-for-2 at the World Finals with a broken riding hand, right?

“Well, it is, I guess,” Pozzobon said after splitting the Round 2 win with Guilherme Marchi. “It feels better than I was expecting. I iced the hell out of it. They couldn’t inject it because I didn’t get a CT scan today to see if I need surgery or how bad it is broken.”

Pozzobon got confirmation on Wednesday from Dr. Tandy Freeman that he had a broken left hand, which he sustained in Tucson, Arizona, during the regular-season finale.

So far Pozzobon hasn’t let it affect him in Las Vegas. He began the five-day event with an 84.25-point ride on Glory Days on Wednesday night.

“I don’t like losing so if I am here, I am here to win,” he said. “I don’t care about getting hurt.”

Pozzobon’s ride on Big Cat Friday was a career-high.

“I have seen that bull. Cooper rode him the other day. He obviously was bucking in the rank pen, but he was the one to pick out of there.”

Pozzobon selected Modified Clyde with the second pick of the Round 3 draft.

Marchi picked Little Red Jacket.

Pozzobon said his broken hand is nowhere near the top of the list when it comes to his injury-riddled past.

However, a broken riding hand is definitely a major problem.

“I had quite a long line of them, but it is the one that is the biggest pain in the ass,” the 24-year-old said. “My leg, I was riding after four months. This thing is what makes you money.”

Pozzobon is trying to become the first Canadian to ever win the World Finals event title.

“I put a lot of pressure on myself being back at this,” he said. “For all the people that questioned I couldn’t ride these bulls, I think I am proving them wrong.”

SweetPro’s Long John takes early lead in World Champion Bull race

There hasn’t been much talk about SweetPro’s Long John making a run at winning a second consecutive World Champion Bull title, but Thursday night may have just changed that.

“He can,” Page said when asked if he felt his bull could repeat. “He got the best shot. He got a head start.”

The 2015 World Champion Bull bucked off Kasey Hayes in 6.18 seconds for a 45.75-point bull score and was the highest-finishing World Champion Bull contender in Round 2.

“I just didn’t ride long enough,” Hayes said. “I felt good on him, I just got a little behind and gave him too much of my arm. I didn’t get my hips back under my rope quick enough. I just didn’t crash over to that inside horn like I needed to be chasing that front end. That last time he hit me in my back with his but didn’t feel so well.”

Long John was his stereotypical self, an honest bucker with brute strength and the kick of a World Champion bull.

H.D. Page said his bull’s heart was on full display at T-Mobile Arena.

“We did all we could, but there is not much we could do to help him,” Page said. “He has the heart of a champion. He is not 100 percent. He has arthritis and some stuff going on with his feet, but he is no different than any professional athletes in any sport. If they play the game very long they have bumps and bruises.

“He is not 100 percent, but he brought 100 percent when the gate opened.”

PBR Director of Livestock Cody Lambert said Long John was “outstanding” and could have been scored even a little higher.

Lambert then added, “The rankest bull in my opinion all night was Asteroid, and he is not in the bull race, but he was the rankest one out.”

On Sunday afternoon, Long John will look to accomplish what Asteroid never could and that is to win back-to-back world titles.

“I don’t know if he cares or not, but he is just going to try his hardest to buck them off,” Page concluded.

SweetPro’s Long John 45.75 points for 6.18-second buckoff of Kasey Hayes
Pearl Harbor 45 points for 7.45-second buckoff of Kaique Pacheco
Seven Dust 45 points for 1.39-second buckoff of Marco Eguchi
SweetPro’s Bruiser 44.5 points for 5.66-second buckoff of Mason Lowe
Hey Jack 44.25 points  for 2.25-second buckoff of Tyler Harr
Stone Sober 43.25 points for Dener Barbosa’s 87-point ride
Air Time 42.5 points for 5.64-second buckoff of Zane Cook
Crossfire 41.75 points for Valdiron de Oliveira’s 85.5-point ride
Cochise disqualified for chute procedure. No score.

Injury Updates

Wallace de Oliveira separated his ribs when he was pinned in the chute by Cochise before his second-round out. Oliveira was then bucked off by Frequent Flyer in 1.96 seconds.

Robson Palermo aggravated a preexisting left PCL tear attempting to ride Smokin’ Gun (1.26 seconds) in Round 2.

He is questionable for Round 3 and left T-Mobile Arena on crutches.

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