Gage Gay Wins First PBR Major Event of Career in New York City

By Kacie Albert, courtesy: PBR.com

Valdiron de Oliveira Second in First Elite Tour Event Since Coming Out of Retirement

NEW YORK CITY – Gage Gay (Staley, North Carolina) won the first PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Major event of his career inside a raucous Madison Square Garden Sunday, taking the buckle at the season-opening 25th PBR Unleash The Beast Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden.

Gay, one of two perfect riders at the three-day event, won his first elite series event since 2014, when he claimed his first career buckle in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

In Round 3, the 23-year-old covered Luke (Broken Arrow Bucking Bulls) for 85 points, before making the 8 aboard Cut The Chord (Broken Arrow Bucking Bulls) for 90 points in the Championship Round.

In the biggest payday of his PBR career, Gay earned $109,025.50 and 700 PBR world points. He is now the No.1 ranked rider in the world for the first time.

After retiring following the 2016 PBR World Finals, Valdiron de Oliveira (Piranhas, Brazil) finished second in his first event on the premier series in more than a year and is now ranked No. 2 in the world.

The veteran rider first rode Tractor Tippin (Jo-Z Bucking Bulls/K-C) in Round 3 for 85.75 points.

In the Championship Round, Oliveira selected Nailed (Broken Arrow Bucking Bulls), the last bull he attempted on the premier series prior to his retirement during the final round of the 2016 PBR World Finals.

Oliveira became the second perfect cowboy at “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” when he rode Nailed for 86.25 points during the final out of the event.

He collected $14,200 and 343.3 world points for his runner-up finish.

Eduardo Aparecido (Gouvelandia, Brazil) was third, earning 303.3 world points and a paycheck for $14,700.

Fresh off the best season of his career last year, Aparecido rode Call The Law (K-C/Jo-Z Bucking Bulls) for 85.75 points in the third round and made the 8 aboard Lester Gillis (Jane Clark/Gene Owen) for 89.25 points.

He is now ranked No. 3 in the world.

After logging the first 90-point ride of PBR’s 25th anniversary season, Joao Ricardo Vieira (Itatinga, Brazil) finished fourth.

Backed by his round-winning, 90.75-point trip aboard Cochise (Jane Clark/Gene Owen) in the Championship Round, Vieira earned $15,908.50 and 255 world points, propelling him to No.6 in the world.

The Top 5 was rounded out by 2016 World Champion Cooper Davis (Jasper, Texas) who led the event heading into the final day of the competition.

He collected $13,850 and 200 world points for his showing in New York City, highlighted by a Round 1 win to begin the event, and is now ranked No. 9 in the world.

Fans will be able to watch the action in its entirety at PBR.com/ondemand. Action from Round 3 and the Championship Round can be seen starting at 8:00 a.m. ET on Monday, January 8.

The 25th PBR Unleash The Beast next travels to Chicago, Illinois and Allstate Arena on Jan. 13-14 for the second event of the season, the Chicago Invitational.

Professional Bull Riders – 25th PBR Unleash The Beast

Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden               

Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York

Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Round 4-Event Aggregate-Event Points)

1. Gage Gay, 83.25-81-85-90-339.25-700 Points.

2. Valdiron de Oliveira, 82.5-81.25-85.75-86.25-335.75-343.33 Points.

3. Eduardo Aparecido, 0-84.5-85.75-89.25-259.50-303.33 Points.

4. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 81.5-85-0-90.75-257.25-255 Points.

5. Cooper Davis, 89.75-86-0-0-175.75-200 Points.

6. Claudio Montanha Jr., 0-86-87.75-0-173.75-185 Points.

7. Ryan Dirteater, 87-0-87.25-0-174.25-135 Points.

8. Luciano De Castro, 82.5-85-0-88.75-256.25-130 Points.

9. J.B. Mauney, 87.25-0-86.75-0-174.00-127.5 Points.

10. Kaique Pacheco, 0-87.5-0-0-87.50-125 Points.

11. Dener Barbosa, 84.25-84-0-87.25-255.50-115 Points.

12. Cody Campbell, 0-86.5-85.75-0-172.25-103.33 Points.

13. Dakota Buttar, 87.25-0-0-0-87.25-67.5 Points.

14. Jess Lockwood, 0-0-87-0-87.00-60 Points.

15. Tanner Byrne, 82.5-85.5-0-0-168.00-45 Points.

(tie). Alex Marcilio, 84.75-0-79-0-163.75-45 Points.

17. Cody Teel, 0-85.25-0-0-85.25-15 Points.

(tie). Cody Nance, 0-85.25-0-0-85.25-15 Points.

(tie). Guilherme Marchi, 83.75-68.5-0-0-152.25-15 Points.

20. Shane Proctor, 81-0-85-0-166.00-5 Points.

21. Derek Kolbaba, 83-0-0-0-83.00

22. Reese Cates, 0-0-82.75-0-82.75

23. Mason Lowe, 82.25-0-0-0-82.25

24. Ramon de Lima, 81.5-0-0-0-81.50

25. Troy Wilkinson, 0-80-0-0-80.00

26. Silvano Alves, 66.5-0-0-0-66.50

Rubens Barbosa, 0-0-0-0-0.00

Jose Vitor Leme, 0-0-0-0-0.00

Stetson Lawrence, 0-0-0-0-0.00

Lachlan Richardson, 0-0-0-0-0.00

Ednei Caminhas, 0-0-0-0-0.00

Stormy Wing, 0-0-0-0-0.00

Fabiano Vieira, 0-0-0-0-0.00

Marco Antonio Eguchi, 0-0-0-0-0.00

Robson Palermo, 0-0-0-0-0.00

Francisco Morales, 0-0-0-0-0.00

Emilio Resende, 0-0-0-0-0.00

 

2018 Professional Bull Riders World Standings

(Place, Rider, Events, Wins, Top 5’s, Points, Total Winnings)

  1. Gage Gay, 2, 1, 1, 700.00, $109,025.50
  2. Valdiron de Oliveira, 5, 0, 2, 363.33, $16,950.00
  3. Eduardo Aparecido, 3, 0, 2, 338.33, $24,011.66
  4. Kaique Pacheco, 3, 1, 1, 275.00, $22,911.66
  5. Claudio Montanha Jr., 5, 0, 3, 260.00, $21,115.00
  6. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 3, 0, 1, 255.00, $24,963.11
  7. Dener Barbosa, 7, 1, 3, 250.00, $11,050.00
  8. J.B. Mauney, 2, 0, 1, 210.00, $13,100.00
  9. Cooper Davis, 3, 0, 2, 200.00, $65,219.14
  10. Cody Campbell, 4, 1, 1, 188.33, $14,890.00
  11. Aaron Kleier, 6, 2, 3, 170.00, $15,077.97
  12. Lucas Divino, 4, 2, 2, 160.00, $10,325.81
  13. Brady Oleson, 4, 1, 2, 160.00, $16,250.63
  14. Jose Vitor Leme, 5, 1, 3, 140.00, $24,774.58
  15. Ryan Dirteater, 1, 0, 0, 135.00, $10,100.00
  16. Paulo Ferreira Lima, 5, 1, 3, 130.83, $11,728.33
  17. Luciano De Castro, 1, 0, 0, 130.00, $4,908.50
  18. Bailey Woodard, 5, 1, 3, 105.00, $6,087.18
  19. Rubens Barbosa, 7, 0, 3, 100.00, $18,654.61
  20. Cody Teel, 4, 0, 1, 97.50, $51,425.60
  21. Tye Chandler, 6, 1, 3, 95.00, $8,541.09
  22. Lonnie West, 6, 2, 2, 90.00, $39,299.75
  23. Chase Robbins, 4, 0, 2, 90.00, $8,775.00
  24. Fraser Babbington, 5, 0, 2, 80.00, $5,339.35
  25. Cody Heffernan, 4, 1, 1, 80.00, $5,692.24
  26. Sean Willingham, 3, 1, 1, 80.00, $7,000.00
  27. Fernando Henrique Novais, 2, 1, 1, 80.00, $3,393.79
  28. Bruno Scaranello, 2, 0, 2, 80.00, $3,255.46
  29. Garret Lange, 2, 1, 1, 80.00, $6,475.00
  30. Flavio Vinicius da Silva, 2, 1, 2, 75.00, $2,488.47
  31. Lindomar Lino, 5, 0, 1, 70.00, $4,700.00
  32. Dakota Buttar, 3, 0, 0, 67.50, $9,734.30
  33. Michael Smith, 5, 0, 3, 62.50, $4,994.39
  34. Jess Lockwood, 2, 0, 0, 60.00, $4,900.00
  35. Stetson Lawrence, 2, 0, 1, 50.00, $5,896.78
  36. Lachlan Richardson, 5, 0, 2, 50.00, $16,388.19
  37. Sonny Schafferius, 5, 0, 1, 50.00, $8,761.78
  38. Cliff Richardson, 6, 0, 1, 50.00, $12,860.07
  39. Justin Paton, 4, 0, 4, 47.50, $2,810.51
  40. Gustavo Pedrero, 4, 0, 2, 47.50, $3,922.68
  41. Alex Marcilio, 1, 0, 0, 45.00, $2,225.00
  42. Tanner Byrne, 6, 0, 0, 45.00, $6,460.50
  43. Ednei Caminhas, 4, 0, 2, 45.00, $4,212.98
  44. Jesse Tillman, 2, 0, 1, 40.00, $6,537.66
  45. Rohan Markham, 5, 0, 2, 40.00, $2,792.42
  46. Juliano Antonio Da Silva, 4, 0, 1, 40.00, $3,000.00

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