Guilherme Marchi moves to number one; Robson Palermo wins Baltimore Invitational

BALTIMORE, Md. (March 2, 2008) – The tenth stop on the elite Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler (BFTS) delighted Baltimore, Md. bull riding fans when the Professional Bull Riders’ (PBR) Baltimore Invitational roared into the 1st Mariner Arena for two action-packed performances. The Brazilian contingent of bull riders continued their control of the 2008 BFTS season when Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, BZ) claimed his first event win of 2008 and the third of his career. With 267.5 total points on three bulls, Robson added $52,025 to his career earnings.

“I’m very happy to win this event title,” said Palermo. “However, I can’t let it [his recent success] change me.  I need to keep riding all of my bulls and next week is a new challenge.”

During round one action, Palermo scored 85.75 points aboard Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls’ Almost. In the second round of competition, he claimed the round win when he earned 90.25 points aboard Anchor Bull Company’s Great White. With a total of 176 points Palermo entered the Built Ford Tough Championship Round in first place.

 

 

Palermo had to wait for his chance to ride as all the other top 14 cowboys in the round took their chances on the world’s very toughest bucking bulls. The lead in the event changed five times before Palermo, as the last man out, nodded his head and asked for his bull. When the whistle sounded, there was one final lead change as Palermo clinched the event championship with 91.5 points aboard Robinson/Tedesco/Larry Cable Guy’s Booger Butt. With the win, Palermo also earned the $20,000 Ford Truck Moment of Truth bonus—awarded to the man who enters the Championship Round in the number one spot and eventually claims the event championship.

 

“I’ve become all about my work,” said Palermo. “I’ve added extra training to my schedule. I work out more and have been riding a lot of horses. I’ve also been going to a chiropractor for my lower back pain. I feel better and am healthier than I have been.”

 

In only three years competing professionally in the United States, Palermo has already racked up $446,142.01 in career earnings. This season he has placed in the top ten at five BFTS events and currently maintains an impressive 70% riding percentage. With this event win Palermo has moved to the number two spot in the race for the 2008 PBR World Championship title behind fellow Brazilian Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP).

 

Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) was the number one cowboy in the world at the beginning of the Baltimore Invitational, but Marchi overcame the point deficit to take over the number one spot for the first time this season. In the last three years, Marchi has ended the season as the number two man in the world. With his consistent performance this year he boasts an extraordinary 82.14% riding percentage—the highest of any man competing on the elite BFTS.

 

“It feels excellent [to be number one],” said Marchi. “I’ve tried really hard for the past three years and been second. I believe that everybody has their time and maybe my time is coming soon.  Regardless of the outcome this year, I will keep trying hard.”

 

The men from South America have no doubt become the force to be reckoned with in the sport of professional bull riding. Through the first ten events, four have been claimed by Brazilian talents–Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO) captured the title in the New York City, Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, SP) won in Anaheim, Calif., Renato Nunes (Buritama, SP) won in St. Louis, Mo. and Palermo this weekend. They consistently capture a few spots in the top 10 finishes weekly, and seven of the top 21 men in the chase for the 2008 PBR World Championship hail from Brazil, all maintaining an impressive 50% plus riding percentage.

 

The grueling week-in and week-out schedule of the PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler continues to thrill a different city every weekend from now through May 3rd. All of the breathtaking rides and daunting wrecks will air on VERSUS each Saturday and Sunday evening.

 

The next stop is the Cabela’s Classic March 1 and 2 from Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. The Cabela’s Classic will air on VERSUS live at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 8 and at 8 p.m. ET Sunday, March 9. For information on upcoming tour dates, ticket information and complete broadcast times, please visit www.pbrnow.com.

 

 

Injury Report:

No injuries to report.

 

BEHIND THE CHUTES:

Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s “Ride with the Best” Bonus:

As the winner of the third round of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Invitational in St. Louis, Mo., Tyler Pankewitz (Warburg, AB, Canada) was eligible to compete for the $5,000 Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus on Saturday night in Baltimore. Pankewitz was successful against Homestead Genetics’ Wrangler Magic , winning the bonus money. 

 

Jason Bennett (Honeygrove, Texas) and Pistol Robinson (Burleson, Texas) tied for first place in the first round of the Baltimore Invitational, but Bennett claimed the tie breaker and the opportunity to ride for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus on Sunday afternoon. Bennett was successful against Shawn Graham’s Partner, thus claiming the $5,000 bonus. 

 

By winning the second round of the Baltimore Invitational, Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, BZ) will be eligible for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus money next weekend during the first round of the Cabela’s Classic in Kansas City, Mo.

 

Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus:

Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, BZ) led the event going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round and won the Baltimore Invitational event title; therefore he captured the $20,000 Ford Truck Moment of Truth bonus. The bonus will return to $5,000 next weekend in Kansas City, Mo. The bonus grows by $5,000 each week if it is not claimed. Once claimed, it returns to $5,000.

 

Ford Super Duty Challenge:

As the Baltimore Invitational event winner, Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, BZ) has qualified for a chance to compete at the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals, against all other 2008 Built Ford Tough Series event winners, for $50,000 toward the purchase of a 2009 Ford Super Duty Truck. The Ford Super Duty Challenge contestant who finishes the highest in the event aggregate during the 2008 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals will win the Ford Super Duty Challenge.

 

Salem NationaLease Bull of the Event:

Robinson/Tedesco/Larry the Cable Guy’s Chicken on a Chain was the high-marked bull of the event with a score of 46.5 points, and was awarded $1,250 as a part of Salem NationaLease’s exciting bonus program. The program awards $1,250 to the top bull of the event as determined by the PBR judges’ bull scores.

 

Cabela’s World’s Foremost Ride:

Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, BZ) recorded the highest-marked ride of the event when he topped Robinson/Tedesco/Larry the Cable Guy’s Booger Butt for points 91.5 during the Built Ford Tough Championship Round. In doing so, he earned a $1,000 bonus.

 

The rider who achieves the highest score at each BFTS regular season event, excluding the PBR World Finals receives a bonus of $1,000 for the accomplishment. The PBR athlete who achieves the highest-marked qualifying ride during the entire 2008 BFTS regular season, excluding the PBR World Finals event will receive $25,000, while second and third place finishers will be awarded $10,000 and $5,000, respectively. The bull rider that achieves the highest marked ride through the course of the entire 2008 PBR BFTS World Finals will earn an additional $10,000.

 

Renato Nunes (Buritama, SP, BZ) took over the lead for the Cabela’s World’s Foremost Ride with his ride during the Built Ford Tough Championship Round of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Invitational when he scored 95.75 points aboard Robinson/Tedesco/Larry the Cable Guy’s Chicken on a Chain.

 

Baltimore Invitational Results

 

ROUND ONE:

1/2) Jason Bennett (Honeygrove, Texas) 89 points on Sonny Williams’ High Test, $2,340;  1/2) Pistol Robinson (Burleson, Texas) 89 points on Anchor Bull Company’s Great White, $2,340; 3) Tyler Pankewitz (Warburg, AB, Canada) 88.75 points on Homestead Genetics’ Wrangler Magic, $1,170; 4/5) Colby Yates (Fort Worth, Texas ) 87.5 points on Martinez Bucking Bulls’ Mastermind; 4/5) Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) 87.5 points on Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls’ Rooster on a Rope.

 

ROUND TWO:

1) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, BZ) 90.25 points on Anchor Bull Company’s Great White, $2,730; 2) Jared Farley (Kempsy, NSW, AU) 89.75 points on Sonny Williams’ High Test, $1,950; 3) Cole Taylor (Sayre, Okla.) 88.25 points on Mark Reed/John Bystrom’s Spittin’ Image, $1,170; 4) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville N.C.) 87.5 points on Martinez Bucking Bulls’ Vampire; 5) Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) 87 points on Robinson/Tedesco’s Mule Train.

 

BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND:

1) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, BZ) 91.5 points on Robinson/Tedesco/Larry the Cable Guy’s Booger Butt, $2,730; 2) Dustin Elliott (North Platte, Neb.) 90.5 points on Silverado Rodeo Company’s Crossroads, $1,950; 3) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, BZ) 90 points on Anchor Bull Company’s Encore, $1,170; 4) Ednei Caminhas (P. Alves, SP, BZ) 89.25 points on Silverado Rodeo Company’s Little Slim; 5) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, BZ) 89 points on Martinez Bucking Bulls’ Far West.

 

OVERALL EVENT RESULTS:

1) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, BZ) 267.5 points, $52,025; 2/3) Dustin Elliott ( North Platte, Neb.) 258.5 points, $12,765; 2/3) Ned Cross (Midland, Ore.) 258.5 points, $11,127; 4) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, BZ) 258 points, $5,933; 5) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, BZ) 257.25 points, $5,585.

 

BUILT FORD TOUGH WORLD STANDINGS: (The PBR World Champion is based on total Built Ford Tough Series points earned through the season)

1) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, BZ) 4,054.25 points, $48.282; 2) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, BZ) 3,866.75 points, $172,965; 3) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 3,780.5 points, $212,396.17; 4) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 3,448 points, $73,287.20; 5) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, SP, BZ) 3,266.5 points, $86,036.21; 6) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, BZ) 2,939.75 points, $42,259; 7) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 2,902.75 points, $64,106.67; 8 ) Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas ) 2,839.5 points, $44,896.48; 9) L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) 2,798.25 points, $56,893.05; 10) Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) 2,706 points, $43,848.42.

 
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