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Leme World Champion

Jose Vitor Leme: Recovering and Ready to Win

Jan 122022

Jose Vitor Leme remains week-to-week in his return from a groin injury that resulted in a core muscle issue that will keep him from competing for a third consecutive weekend.  

The two-time reigning PBR World Champion is hoping his third missed elite, televised PBR event will be his last as the 25-year-old Brazilian bull rider focuses on winning an unprecedented third consecutive PBR world title.  

“I am still recovering from the groin injury I sustained at the end of last season,” wrote Leme, on his official Instagram account. The Monster Energy rider continued his post by indicating he hopes to be 100 percent soon.  

Leme, who has been rehabbing under the guidance of Jim Bui at Fit-N-Wise Rehabilitation & Performance Center in Decatur, Texas, was evaluated Monday by Dr. Tandy Freeman in nearby Dallas. 

According to, his core muscle injury is affecting a total of four muscles on his right side — two of his groin/thigh muscles, as well as an abdominal and oblique muscle. 

Leme is coming off a record-setting season. 

In 2021, he recorded the two highest-scoring rides in PBR history — 97.75 and then 98.75 points on Woopaa — a record of 24 90-point rides that led a record 21 round wins and a recording-tying eight event wins.  


He was only the second rider to win the World Finals event by riding all his bulls — fellow Monster Energy rider J.B. Mauney is the only other rider — and the fourth to win the finals multiple times.  


Leme missed several events last season, including the last five regular-season events and three after breaking his ankle at the opening event of 202. He still managed to convincingly win his second world title in as many years. It was only the second time in the 29-year history of PBR a rider has won back-to-back World Championships in 2020 and again in 2021.  


Leme, who has missed events in Indianapolis and New York City, will miss the Chicago event this weekend with a goal of returning to competition for the first time in 2022, in Duluth, Georgia. This will be followed by a trip to the west coast for a three-day event in Sacramento, California, the last weekend of January.  


“Hope to see you soon and try to make all those who follow and cheer proud,” continued Leme, who concluded his most recent post by writing, “May this season be as amazing as it was in 2021. Big things to come.”