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Images from 2018 PBR Las Vegas, Nevada


Jun 172018

In his first ever stateside PBR event, Jose Vitor Leme captured two of four important titles—the World Finals event average and Rookie of the Year.

This past week, the Brazilian native traveled to Sydney, Australia for a third title.

Leme was a vital member of the Global Cup-winning team representing his homeland.

“I am very happy to have conquered another important title in my career, the Global Cup,” said Leme, with the help of Miriaham Garcia translating. “This gives me more motivation to return to the season in August with more confidence.”


Leme played a key role in Brazil’s win.


He was 2-for-3 with a pair 84-point rides. 


Brazil, whose assistant coach was Leme’s Monster Energy teammate Guilherme Marchi, narrowly held off the Australian hosts by less than five points. Canada was third and the U.S., which featured fellow Monster Energy teammate Derek Kolbaba, was fourth followed by Mexico.


 The Global Cup was the first time since Leme won the bull riding at the inaugural WCRA event held in conjunction with the PBR’s Last Cowboy Standing in Las Vegas. There he won with a monster-like 90-point effort on Bottom’s Up in Round 2.


A day earlier, Leme advanced all the way to final round of the Last Cowboy Standing. He finished third in the event.


Although the rodeo was not a PBR event – thus it did not impact the PBR world standings – winning went a long way toward reigniting an already confident Leme.


“It was a very important victory for me,” said Leme, with Garcia’s help, “because I was back from a serious injury to my knee and I had already missed two events of the PBR. I was very happy to be able to ride well and get back in the rhythm that I was before my injury.”


He added, “It was a very important title because it was the last event before the break and finishing the first half of the season with this victory is really very good.”


Leme is currently ranked sixth in the world standings.


The 21-year-old from Ribas do Rio Pardo, Brazil, collected eight Top 10 finishes from January to May, including six of which were Top 5. Leme had back-to-back second place finishes in Glendale, Arizona, and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


He also had a Top 5 finish at the 15/15 Bucking Battle in New York City to open the 2018 season.


“Now I will rest,” Leme said, “stay with my family and my friends, and take advantage of that time.”


He will return to the elite televised PBR tour with his 50.88 percent riding average in August.


With nine elite events on the slate for August, September and October, Leme will return to competition August 11 and 12 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.