Briscoe Moves to No. 2 in Built Ford Tough Series Standings

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 9, 2008) – The Cabela’s Classic served up rank bulls and plenty of 90-plus point rides when stop No. 11 on the Professional Bull Riders’ (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler (BFTS) hit Kansas City’s Sprint Center, March 8-9. Fans were treated to the best 45 bull riders in the world all gunning for the tour’s million dollar World Championship title.

When the dust settled, it was none other than Brazilian born two-time reserve world champion and current world standings leader, Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil), who rode away with the victory. A 91-point effort against Brandon Gasper Bucking Bulls’ The Game in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round spelled victory for Marchi, who rode off with $26,963 for 24 seconds of work. The Game meant serious business for Marchi, having previously been “unridden” in seven BFTS tour outs.

 Marchi, who is putting more energy than ever into his work out routine, spends around two hours at a time in the gym at least three days each week. He explained that his conditioning program is paying off this season with an impressive five Top Five finishes at the 11 tour stops and a stellar 83.9 riding percentage. He says he also owes a debt of gratitude to the family and friends that have supported him during his career.

Via Brazilian interpreter, Pedro Carlucci, Marchi had this to say about the 2008 season: “I’m not aiming at the world title this time around, just focusing on every event one weekend at a time. I’ve experienced what can happen to a lead in the world standings at the PBR World Finals, so I’m taking it one event at a time and will let the chips fall where they may.”

Marchi placed out of the money in each of the preliminary go rounds, however, respectable scores through the go rounds kept him in contention for a win when the tide shifted in his favor during the final round. Costly short go buck-offs kept event leader Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) and second-ranked Clayton Williams (Carthage, Texas) out of the winner’s circle. Oliveira and Williams settled for fifth place and sixth place in the aggregate respectively. A total of four qualified rides over 90 points lit up the leader board in the event finals and although it was J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) who stole the show in the championship round with an event-high 91.5 point score on H.D. Page and Bill and Betty Mawson’s Ricky Bobby, he was unable to catch Marchi. Marchi was the only bull rider to cover three bulls during the competition.

Kansas City marked the first 2008 tour win for Marchi and opened up Marchi’s lead over Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) in the race for the coveted PBR gold buckle to 361.75 points. Marchi has career earnings to his credit of $1,478,571 and his 83.9 riding percentage is the highest among the top 45.

Marchi expressed that he is very pleased with his season and aside from friends and family, said that his faith in God is very important to his goals and success in the arena. On the heels of the Cabela’s Classic event win, Marchi is preparing for the grand opening of his Brazilian style steakhouse, Rodeo Grill, on March 12 in Dallas, Texas.

The ever popular PBR Bull Team Challenge was a hit again in Kansas City. Twenty-two teams have been formed, each providing $50,000 for the opportunity to win their share of the $1.1 million total competition purse throughout the 2008 season. The team known as Big Machine won first place honors and pocketed $20,000, while D&H Cattle, Enlow and Gilbert’s team finished second, which was worth $10,000.

Injury Report:

Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil) sustained a concussion on Saturday night and consequently missed Sunday’s competition. He is questionable to compete next weekend.


Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s “Ride with the Best” Bonus: By virtue of his round two win in Baltimore, Md. last weekend, Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, Sao Paulo, Brazil) was eligible to compete for the $5,000 Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus during Saturday night’s first round of competition in Kansas City. Palermo came up short, however, against Ricky Simmons’ bull Ozzy, and consequently the stock contractor was awarded the $5,000.

As the Cabela’s Classic first round winner, Pistol Robinson (Burleson, Texas) was eligible to compete for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus money on Sunday. Robinson failed to make a qualified ride on Chad Berger and Clay Struve’s Rip & Dip. Consequently, the stock contractor claimed the $5,000 reward. As the winner of the second round of the Cabela’s Classic, Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) will be eligible for the bonus next weekend.

Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus:
Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) was in the lead going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round but did not win the Cabela’s Classic event title; therefore he did not claim the $5,000 Ford Truck Moment of Truth bonus. The bonus will grow to $10,000 next weekend at the Portland Invitational in Portland, Ore. 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 Cabela’s Classic event winner, Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 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:
There was a tie for the Bull of the Event between D&H Cattle Company’s Crooked Face and Jacob’s Pet with a score of 45.75 points. 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:
J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) recorded the highest marked ride of the event when he topped Ricky Bobby owned by H.D. Page and Bill and Betty Morrison for 91.5 points during the championship round of the Cabela’s Classic. 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.

Cabela’s Classic event results:

ROUND ONE: 1) Pistol Robinson (Burleson, Texas) 89.5 points on D&H Cattle Company’s The Geetus, $2,730; 2) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) 88 points on Shane Davis/Ravenscroft/Hewkin’s Bigger Man, $1,950; 3) Renato Nunes (Buritama, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 87.5 points on Rafter G Rodeo Company’s Klassic Rewind, $1,170; 4/5) Brian Herman (Victoria, Texas) 87.25 points on The Jaynes Gang/Gaylon Childers’ Simon, $624; 4/5) Helton Barbosa (Douradina, PR, Brazil) 87.25 points on Jaynes/Peterson/Mansour/Langhans/Nelson/Teague’s More Bucks, $624;

ROUND TWO: 1) Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) 89.75 points on Page & Teague Bucking Bulls’ Recoil, $2,730; 2) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 89.5 points on Hebert Bucking Bulls’ What I Say, $1,950; 3/5) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 89.25 points on Diamond S/’s Smash Hit, $806; 3/5) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) 89.25 points on Chad Berger/Larry Ryken’s Live Wire, $806; 3/5) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 89.25 points on Diamond S Bucking Bulls’ Seminole, $806;

BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: 1) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 91.5 points on H.D. Page/Bill and Betty Morrison’s Ricky Bobby, $2,730; 2) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 91.25 points on Page/Buck/Watts’ Sports Machine, $1,950; 3) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 91 points on Brandon Gasper Bucking Bulls’ The Game, $1,170; 4) Josh Koschel (Loveland, Colo.) 90 points on Boyd/Floyd Bull Company’s Fender Bender, $780;

OVERALL EVENT STANDINGS: 1) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 258.5 points, $26,963; 2) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 181 points, $18,973; 3) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 180.5 points, $11,549; 4) Josh Koschel (Loveland, Colo.) 178.75 points, $6,668; 5) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) 177.25 points, $7,106;

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, Brazil) 4,722.75 points, $76,295; 2) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 4,361, $223,945; 3) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil) 3,866.75 points, $172,965; 4) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 3,637.25 points, $75,523; 5) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 3,548.75 points, $83,274; 6) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) 3,393.5 points, $46,765; 7) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 3,266.5 points, $86,036; 8 ) Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) 2,985.75 points, $48,478; 9) Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) 2,930.5 points, $44,897; 10) L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) 2,914.5 points, $57,023.