It’s not how you start. It’s all about how you finish.
For Derek Kolbaba, the past two months have been a successful preamble to the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas. In that time frame, he’s recorded four Top 5 elite televised event finishes and five in the Top 10—four of which came during a five-event stretch from Nashville, Tennessee to Deadwood, North Dakota.
Kolbaba is currently ranked eighth in the PBR world standings and, with one regular-season event remaining, the Monster Energy bull rider is merely 150 points outside of the Top 5 in the world rankings.
In addition to his regular-season success, Kolbaba has ridden off with a pair of 89.5-point outs in the past two 15/15 Bucking Battles, which has helped solidify the Walla Walla, Washington, native in the Top 10 for the 2021 season.
The 25-year-old is truly peaking as the season progresses.