Two-time World Champion Jess Lockwood felt better than he has since winning the 2019 world title.
He said it was the first time in more than a year that he felt like his old self.
“I was aggressive again,” he added.
There is only one rather pressing issue, when the 8-second whistle sounded in the opening round of last weekend’s elite televised event, in Glendale, Arizona, the Monster Energy bull rider had no idea how in the hell he was going to get off the back of Rising Sun. The left-handed rider from Volborg, Montana, had just ridden him for 88.25 points, but his right free hand was in a cast after being stepped on the night before.
“That's a terrible feeling,” admitted Lockwood, who had no way of freeing himself from the bull rope. “You gotta get it sticky enough to know you're giving yourself a good chance to stay on, but if you can't pull your rope, I mean, you pretty much got to let Jesus take the wheel and just let them jerk the living crap out of you and hope your hand comes out."