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Lockwood's Back On The Bull

Oct 082021

Two-time PBR World Champion Jess Lockwood admitted he was “damn near in tears.”

The Montana native had just ridden a practice bull Monday evening and wrote on Instagram that he felt “like my normal self again. I can’t wait to be back to the PBR and winning.”

 

 

Lockwood, who missed significant time last season after suffering a near-career-ending injury in which he tore his hamstring completely in half and ripped it clean off the bone, returned to competition earlier this season only to discover a pelvis injury that had gone undetected from a year earlier. He has been out since mid-May.

In his Monday social post, Lockwood wrote, “I felt like I hadn’t had a surgery or missed any time at all.”

Truth is, he had two major surgeries in a year’s time and has not been healthy in 18 months.

Lockwood, who is currently ranked 46th in the world standings, is planning to return to competition next weekend at an elite televised PBR event in Greensboro, North Carolina. That will give Lockwood, who turned 24 years old on Tuesday, three elite events — also including Manchester, New Hampshire, and Lincoln, Nebraska — to ride his way back into the Top 35 and qualify for the World Finals.

 

While he is mathematically eliminated from being able to win his third world title, Lockwood is only 64.5 points outside of the Top 35 and confident he can meet the challenge ahead-considering he feels 100 percent healthy for the first time since March 2020.

 

Fellow Monster Energy rider Jose Vitor Leme will miss his second consecutive event after partially tearing his groin.

 

Leme will not be in San Antonio and is considered week-to-week as he continues rehabbing and preparing to try and win his second PBR world title in as many years. Leme had an 866-point lead at the time of his injury and still maintains a rather sizeable 726.5-point lead with four events and the Finals remaining.

Derek Kolbaba, 8, Marco Eguchi, 13, and Cody Teel, 14, will represent Monster Energy this weekend at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. 

 

Kolbaba has qualified for four of the past five Championship Rounds and placed fourth in last weekend’s 15/15 Bucking Battle as the Walla Walla, Washington cowboy continues to peak as another trip to Las Vegas approaches. 

 

Eguchi and Teel, who finished in the Top 10 of the average last weekend, in Deadwood, South Dakota, continue to battle their way back into the Top 10 in what has been a rough and inconsistent second-half to the 2021 season for both Monster Energy riders. 

 

Chace Outlaw remains out of competition and is focused on a triumphant return to start the 2022 season, while J.B. Mauney is preparing for his first trip to Vegas for the National Finals Rodeo in mid-December. 

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