Andrew Alvidrez Wins Round 1 of PBR Unleash The Beast Competition in Louisville, Kentucky, Cracking the Top 40 in the Series Standings and Inching Closer to a World Finals Berth

Eduardo Aparecido finishes fourth in Round 1, overtaking the No. 2 ranking, before injury leaves him doubtful for the second round inside KFC Yum! Center

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – As the final regular-season PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Unleash The Beast event of 2024 got underway Friday evening in Louisville, Kentucky, Andrew Alvidrez (Seminole, Texas) made his presence known. Winning Round 1 of the Cooper Tires PBR Louisville, presented by Pneu-Dart, Alvidrez cracked the Top 40 in the World Championship standings and inched closer to a coveted World Finals berth.

Alvidrez struck early in his showdown with Constitutional Carry (Jim & Shannon Barr/Hookin W Ranch). Remaining in perfect time with the powerful animal athlete, Alvidrez, who rides for the Missouri Thunder in the separate PBR Teams league, reached the requisite 8 with ease, awarded an unrivaled 88.25 points.

The golden finish on the penultimate day of the regular season garnered Alvidrez a crucial 28 Unleash The Beast points. On the outside looking in prior to the event, Alvidrez cracked the crucial Top 40, rising from No. 41 to No. 39.

When the dust settles in Kentucky Saturday night, the Top 40 bull riders in the Unleash The Beast standings will earn a berth at the 2024 PBR World Finals: Unleash The Beast, which will begin with Eliminations on May 9-12 at the historic Cowtown Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas.

Atop the standings, the Arizona Ridge Riders’ Eduardo Aparecido (Gouvelandia, Brazil) finished fourth in Round 1, earning 16 Unleash The Beast points. The Top 5 effort allowed the grizzled veteran to rise from No. 3 to No. 2 in the standings. He overtook teenage phenom John Crimber (Decatur, Texas), who was called for a slap atop Johnny Walker Red (Flying C/Jeff Baeza) at the 1.83-second mark.

However, after Aparecido rode Always Been Crazy (Harrison Cattle Co.) for 85.75 points, he was knocked unconscious, sustaining a concussion. Upon evaluation, he is doubtful for Round 2.

Cassio Dias (Sao F. de Sales, Brazil) furthered his grasp on the No. 1 rank in the 2024 World Championship race with a third-place result in the opening round in the Bluegrass State.

The Kansas City Outlaws star demonstrated his stalwart determination to stay on a bull who appeared set to buck him off midway through the out in besting Let’s Roll (Stoltzfus/Bob & Jerry Adams/BS Cattle Co.) for 86.75 points to net 17 Unleash The Beast points. He now leads new No. 2 Aparecido by 499.33 points.

Jesse Petri (Dublin, Texas) parlayed an 87.25-point effort aboard Rank Hank (TR Cattle/Barthold & Eldred) into a second-place finish, netting 18 Unleash The Beast points.

Eager to solidify his place inside the Top 40 and advance to bull riding’s most prestigious event, Petri climbed from No. 34 to No. 31 in the standings.

Rounding out the Top 5 in fifth was Dalton Kasel (Muleshoe, Texas).

Chasing his first World Championship this May, Kasel found success on Tick (Whitehead Cattle), awarded 85 points. The 8-second effort earned the Austin Gamblers rider and 2019 PBR Rookie of the Year 15 Unleash The Beast points.

Kasel remained No. 4 in the standings, now 544.33 points back of No. 1 Dias.

Action for the Cooper Tires PBR Louisville, presented by Pneu-Dart, will conclude with Round 2 and the championship round on Saturday, April 27. Action gets underway at 6:45 p.m. EDT.

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PBR Unleash The Beast
Cooper Tires PBR, presented by Penu-Dart

KFC Yum! Center – Louisville, Kentucky 
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Event Aggregate-Event Points)

  1. Andrew Alvidrez, 88.25-0-0-88.25-28 Points.
  2. Jesse Petri, 87.25-0-0-87.25-18 Points.
  3. Cassio Dias, 86.75-0-0-86.75-17 Points.
  4. Eduardo Aparecido, 85.75-0-0-85.75-16 Points.
  5. Dalton Kasel, 85-0-0-85.00-15 Points.
  6. Brady Fielder, 72.5-0-0-72.50-6 Points.

John Crimber, 0-0-0-0.00

Alan de Souza, 0-0-0-0.00

Koltin Hevalow, 0-0-0-0.00

João Ricardo Vieira, 0-0-0-0.00

Thiago Salgado, 0-0-0-0.00

Leonardo Castro, 0-0-0-0.00

Cody Jesus, 0-0-0-0.00

Cort McFadden, 0-0-0-0.00

Alex Cerqueira, 0-0-0-0.00

Daylon Swearingen, 0-0-0-0.00

Kaiden Loud, 0-0-0-0.00

Sage Steele Kimzey, 0-0-0-0.00

Vitor Losnake, 0-0-0-0.00

Mauricio Gulla Moreira, 0-0-0-0.00

Boudreaux Campbell, 0-0-0-0.00

Paulo Eduardo Rossetto, 0-0-0-0.00

Ednélio Almeida, 0-0-0-0.00

Wyatt Rogers, 0-0-0-0.00

Bob Mitchell, 0-0-0-0.00

Conner Halverson, 0-0-0-0.00

Kyler Oliver, 0-0-0-0.00

Callum Miller, 0-0-0-0.00

Mason Taylor, 0-0-0-0.00

Silvano Alves, 0-0-0-0.00

JaCauy Hale, 0-0-0-0.00

Dawson Branton, 0-0-0-0.00

Shane Scott, 0-0-0-0.00

Flavio Zivieri, 0-0-0-0.00

João Lucas Campos, 0-0-0-0.00

Jake Morinec, 0-0-0-0.00

Elijah Monnett, 0-0-0-0.00

Alvaro Ariel, 0-0-0-0.00

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