It’s déjà vu all over again for a second time.
On the heels of what was arguably the greatest single season in the history of the PBR, two-time reigning World Champion Jose Vitor Leme is right back where he was a year ago, as he looks to close out the first month of the season with a three-day elite, televised event in Sacramento, California.
Leme missed the first three events of 2022 while recovering from groin and core muscles injuries sustained last fall and went into last weekend trailing the No. 1 bull rider by 323 points. In 2021, he was injured dismounting the first bull of the season, and had to miss three events. When he returned, Leme was trailing by 326.5 points.
Leme has a laundry list of records — some of which may never be broken — including 90-point rides in a single season with 24 round wins in a season, with 21 average score of 89.82 points, eight event wins and, of course, 98.75 points on Woopaa in the Championship Round of the World Finals.