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Leme wins 1st night of competition in Texas to increase world lead

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Posted at 5:29 PM, Jun 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-27 23:50:23-04

PUEBLO, Colo. – World leader Jose Vitor Leme has not forgotten about his ultimate goal for 2020, even as he led Team Cooper Tires to a Division A title at the Monster Energy Team Challenge, presented by U.S. Border Patrol two weeks ago.

With Division A play wrapped up in Las Vegas, Leme turned his focus back toward his main objective on Friday night by going 2-for-2 to win the first night of the Slick Rock Challenge Touring Pro Division event in Rocksprings, Texas.

Leme clinched the victory in the championship round by riding Hostage for 90 points after beginning his evening with an 87.5-point ride on Skirt Chaser.

The victory netted Leme 15 world points, and the 23-year-old extended his world lead to 250 points on No. 2 Jess Lockwood.

“Oh man, it’s so good,” Leme said. “It’s awesome when you are riding for a world title. That’s why I like going to any events. I don’t care if is Velocity or Touring Pro. If they have world points, I’ll be there.”

Leme is 40-for-56 (71%) at all levels of competition in 2020 with six event wins.