PORTLAND, Maine - As one of two riders to deliver a flawless performance across the two days of competition inside Cross Insurance Arena, Alan de Souza (Taubate, Brazil) captured his second PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour event win of the 2019 season Saturday evening, victorious at the Portland Chute Out in Portland, Maine.
After tying for ninth in Round 1 with an 83-point trip aboard Bomber (Mike Miller Bucking Bulls), the 26-year-old returned with a vengeance in Round 2, earning the third best marks when he reached the 8 on Stealing Thunder (J Bar W) for 87 points.
Souza then clinched the win in the championship round when he covered Stunt Man Ray (Kruger Bucking Bulls) for 86.5 points.
For his efforts, Souza earned a check for $5,966.67 in addition to 180 crucial world points. He also earned an invited to compete on the elite PBR Unleash The Beast in Greensboro, North Carolina on Oct. 12-13.
The win allowed Souza to gain crucial ground in the world standings as he looks to qualify for the first PBR World Finals of his career. Ranked No. 52 in the world at the start of the Maine event, Souza is now No. 42 in the world, 151.66 points outside of the Top 35.
Ramon de Lima (Rio Branco, Brazil) finished second to earn $4,766.67 and 140 world points.
Lima got off to a hot start inside Cross Insurance Arena winning Round 1 with a massive 88-point trip aboard Cut The Cord (Kruger Bucking Bulls).
After an 84-point ride aboard Believin (Mike Miller Bucking Bulls) in Round 2, Lima remained perfect when he covered Smooth Highway (Kruger Bucking Bulls) for 80.5 points in the championship round.
Eager to qualify for his third consecutive PBR World Finals, Lima skyrocketed up the world rankings.
Previously ranked No. 103 in the world, Lima is now No. 64, 419.16 points outside of the Top 35.
Reigning PBR World Finals event winner Marco Eguchi (Poa, Brazil) was third.
First riding Hookasaurus (Triple R Bull Co.) for 87.5 points in Round 1, Eguchi tied for the Round 2 win when he reached the 8 on Buck John (Kruger Bucking Bulls) for 88 points. His bid for the event win came to a heart-breaking end when he was bested by Losing My Religion (Kruger Bucking Bulls) in an ever close 7.77 seconds.
He left the Portland Chute Out with $3,400 and 117.5 world points.
Eguchi rose two positions in the world standings, now No. 7 after beginning the two-day event No. 9. He now trails the No. 1 ranking by 4,206.66 points.
Chase Outlaw (Hamburg, Arkansas) recorded the best finish of the world’s Top 4 in Portland with a fourth-place finish.
In Round 1 he covered Blockbuster (Triple R Bull Co.) for 87 points, and then split the Round 2 win when he covered Shadow’s Recruit (Kruger Bucking Bulls) for 88 points.
The “CEO of Outlaw Nation” netted $2,500 and 67.5 world points for the Top 5 finish, remaining No. 3 in the world. He now trails No. 1 Jose Vitor Leme (RIbas do Rio Pardo, Brazil) by 1,119.16, and No. 2 Jess Lockwood (Volborg, Montana) by a mere 87.5 points.
Among the world’s Top 4, Leme was the lone other rider to record a qualified ride, finishing seventh for his 2-for-3 performance to collect $620 and 5 world points. He rode Tropic Thunder (Kruger Bucking Bulls) in Round 1 for 86.5 points, and Black Devil (Mike Miller Bucking Bulls) in Round 2 for 82.5 points.
Both No. 2 Lockwood and No. 4 Joao Ricardo Vieira (Itatinga, Brazil) also both competed at the Portland Chute Out, however failed to make the 8 during either of their two outs.
Rounding out the Top 5 was reigning Rookie of the Year Keyshawn Whitehorse (McCracken Springs, Utah).
After bucking off Stealing Thunder in a quick 2.13 seconds in Round 1, Whitehorse rebounded in a big way Saturday evening.
First covering Podunk (J Bar W) for 86 points in Round 2, the two-time Global Cup competitor then won the championship round with an 88-point trip on Black Rose (Kruger Bucking Bulls).
He left the event with $1,906.67 and 15 world points.
The result allowed Whitehorse to climb two spots in the world rankings, climbing from No. 30 to No. 28.
Chain Smoker (Kruger Bucking Bulls) was the high-marked bull of the event. The bovine athlete earned the top marks in the championship round when he was scored 44.5 points for his 5.14-second buckoff of Leme.
PBR’s Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour next travels to Huntington, West Virginia, on Oct. 4-5 with the Huntington Invitational inside Big Sandy Superstore Arena. Action gets underway at 8:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, October 4, and 7:00 p.m. EDT on Saturday, October 5.
PBR Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour
Portland Chute Out
Cross Insurance Arena – Portland, Maine
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Event Aggregate-Event Points)
1. Alan de Souza, 83-87-86.5-256.50-180 Points.
2. Ramon de Lima, 88-84-80.5-252.50-140 Points.
3. Marco Eguchi, 87.5-88-0-175.50-117.5 Points.
4. Chase Outlaw, 87-88-0-175.00-67.5 Points.
5. Keyshawn Whitehorse, 0-86-88-174.00-15 Points.
6. Ezekiel Mitchell, 86-84-0-170.00-10 Points.
7. Jose Vitor Leme, 86.5-82.5-0-169.00-5 Points.
8. Dener Barbosa, 86-71-0-157.00
9. Brennon Eldred, 0-85.5-0-85.50
(tie). Marcus Mast, 85.5-0-0-85.50
(tie). Dakota Louis, 85.5-0-0-85.50
12. Boudreaux Campbell, 0-85-0-85.00
13. Claudio Montanha Jr., 0-84.5-0-84.50
(tie). Michael Lane, 0-84.5-0-84.50
15. Ouncie Mitchell, 0-84-0-84.00
16. Kurt Shephard, 83-0-0-83.00
17. Junio Quaresima, 82.5-0-0-82.50
18. Andrew Alvidrez, 81.5-0-0-81.50
Jess Lockwood, 0-0-0-0.00
João Ricardo Vieira, 0-0-0-0.00
Eduardo Aparecido, 0-0-0-0.00
Taylor Toves, 0-0-0-0.00
Dylan Smith, 0-0-0-0.00
Scottie Knapp, 0-0-0-0.00
Brady Sims, 0-0-0-0.00
Cody Casper, 0-0-0-0.00
Bryan Titman, 0-0-0-0.00
Kache Moosman, 0-0-0-0.00
Leonardo Lima, 0-0-0-0.00
Alex Marcilio, 0-0-0-0.00
Lindomar Lino, 0-0-0-0.00
Alex Cardozo, 0-0-0-0.00
Devon Weaver, 0-0-0-0.00
Lucas Fideles Souza, 0-0-0-0.00
Eli Miller, 0-0-0-0.00
Lachlan Slade, 0-0-0-0.00
Nathan Burtenshaw, 0-0-0-0.00
Carlos Garcia, 0-0-0-0.00
Allen Burkholder, 0-0-0-0.00
Eduardo de Oliveira, 0-0-0-0.00