There are seven regular-season events remaining along with a trip to Las Vegas. Provided he does not miss any time because of injuries, Marchi will attempt at least 20 more long round bulls and as many as eight Championship Round bulls.
His next elite event will be a three-day stanza September 7–8 in Springfield, Missouri.
Yes, the odds are against him.
And his chances are daunting.
However, Marchi said, “I think I can do it.”
The 36-year-old smiled and added, “I wanted 700, but it’s not easy. Even 650 is going to be hard. I don’t have the fire like before.”
Regardless of whether or not he reaches 650, Marchi is already one of the most accomplished bull riders in the 25-year history of the PBR.
He was the first rider to ever surpass 500 qualified rides – and only two others have done so, including fellow Monster Energy teammate J.B. Mauney – and the only rider to have surpassed 600. In fact, there is not a single rider currently competing in the PBR, who is on a pace anywhere close to thinking about reaching a milestone of 600.
Two-time world champion Justin McBride simply said “unbelievable” when he talked about the number of qualified rides Marchi has recorded.
McBride added, “That is an untouchable record.”
Marchi won a world title in 2008.
He won his gold buckle after three consecutive years of finishing second and then he finished second again in 2012. In fact, eight times he’s finished in the Top 5 and three other times he’s finished in the Top 10.
The consistency with which he’s ridden throughout his career – he covered a staggering 72 percent of his bulls a decade ago when he dominated the 2008 season – has gone unmatched.
“I’m still living my dream,” said Marchi, who quickly added, “But I think it’s time to quit. I think this year is going to be my last year.
“I want to spend my time with my family now.”
Marchi was recently married. They have a young son and he has two other children from a previous marriage.
He said his priorities are now family, business and friends.
“I appreciate everything this sport brings to me,” said Marchi, who is unsure of whether he’ll continue living in the U.S. or move his primary residence back to Brazil. “It’s hard to get to this decision.”
In recent years he has developed his own Marchi Brand of hats and shirts, and will become a co-partner with Paulo Crimber in an agency that represents Brazilian bull riders, including Monster Energy rider Jose Vitor Leme.
“I had a dream to ride bulls,” Marchi said. “I had a great career and now it’s time to rest.”
He added, “Monster Energy is the best team we have here. We have a great team – Mauney, Leme, Chase Outlaw, Gage Gay, Robson Palermo and Mason Lowe – and it’s like a family.”