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PBR Finals studio shoot at the Sacramento Unleash the Beast PBR.

Monster Energy Bull Riders Set To Make History At Marquee PBR Event

Nov 132020

One of them — J.B. Mauney — is arguably the greatest bull rider in PBR history and, in just three seasons, the other — Jose Vitor Leme — is on pace to eclipse the Carolina cowboy who has become known as “The Dragon Slayer.”

Mauney, a two-time World Champion, will be competing in a record-tying 15th consecutive PBR World Finals. His fellow Monster Energy teammate, Leme, will be competing for just the fourth time and is the leading contender to win the 2020 world title, but a comparison of their first three full seasons at the elite televised level of competition is staggering.

Leme made the whistle 14 more times (128) than Mauney and 23 of those have been for 90 or more points compared to Mauney’s 13.

But the truly gaudy numbers are in the win column.

Leme has won 13 elite events, including his PBR debut at the 2017 World Finals, compared to Mauney’s respectable trio of event wins in his three full seasons. Leme has finished in the Top 5 34 times (or 49 percent of the elite events he’s competed at) compared to 19 for Mauney.

Mauney claimed those gold buckles in seasons 10 and 12.

Leme was stunned a year ago, but after becoming a far more complete rider in the past 12 months, he is poised to win his first title in season three.

That said, Mauney’s resume also includes Touring Pro Division titles in 2006 — the same year he was named PBR Rookie of the Year — and again in 2009 along with the highest scored ride at the World Finals in 2007, ’08, ’09, ’13, ’14 and ’15, while winning the prestigious Calgary Stampede in 2009 and 2013.


All eyes will be on Leme in Arlington, Texas, this coming week.


He had a significant lead a year ago and was shocked when first-year Monster Energy teammate Jess Lockwood came from behind to win his second PBR title in two years.


Lockwood is in fifth after missing a significant portion of the season this year, but confident he has what it takes to make up the 745.5 points he trails Leme. Lockwood won the World Finals average last year and would love to do it again this year. A win by Lockwood could impact Leme’s final outcome, especially with two other Monster Energy riders — Derek Kolbaba and Marco Eguchi — feeling as though they could win the Finals average too.

In recent weeks, Kolbaba won back to back 15/15 Bucking Battles while Eguchi is a former Finals average winner.


All five riders — Leme, Lockwood, Kolbaba, Eguchi, and Mauney — could, in fact, add to or significantly rewriter their legacies by the time the Finals are over with at AT&T Stadium.


This year’s PBR World Finals will take place on November 12–15. Thursday and Friday the event starts at 8:30 p.m. CT, 6:30 p.m. CT on Sunday and the final two rounds are Sunday at 4:30 p.m. CT.