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Guilherme Marchi rides Curtis Mendell's Red Rover for 87.5 during the Championship round of the Built Ford Tough series PBR World Finals.


Nov 102016

With unusually large forearms, Guilherme Marchi has always had a Thor-like presence among the PBR’s top-ranked professional bull riders. Apparently even superheroes get emotional.

“I draw good bulls. I’m in a good position. I feel great and I feel confident”

“It’s for mama,” said Marchi, following his 87.5-point effort in the Championship Round of the World Finals. Fighting to control his emotions, he added, “I work so hard to be here.”


Marchi credited God for the confidence after riding five of his six bulls in Las Vegas. He finished the season-ending event second in the average and sixth in the world standings.


This was the Monster Energy rider’s 13th appearance at the World Finals.


After bucking off his first-round bull, the Brazilian native closed out the 2016 season with five consecutive qualified rides and currently has 581 rides at the elite televised level of PBR competition.


To put that number perspective, only one other rider has surpassed 500 and Marchi is already within 19 rides of reaching 600.


Going into final day of competition, Marchi said, “I draw good bulls. I’m in a good position. I feel great and I feel confident.”


Marchi, one of the most accomplished riders in PBR history, split the win in Round 2 with 89.5 points on Smooth Operator.


It proved to be a turning point for the popular cowboy.


He followed with 87.25 points on Little Red Jacket and then was third in Rounds 4 and 5 with 88.75 points on Acting Crazy – “It worked for me tonight and he was right there into my hand” – and then 88 points on Who Dey.


Late Saturday night, Marchi selected Who Dey in the bull draft after fellow Monster Energy rider J.B. Mauney shocked everyone by selecting Air Time with the first pick.


Mauney, a two-time World Champion, finished the season ranked third in the world standings.


Chase Outlaw, who didn’t even start his season until May compared to everyone who was competing in January, finished the season strong for a career-best 14th in the world standings. 


Derek Kolbaba was 17th, while Gage Gay was 19th and Robson Palermo was 20th as the entire contingency finished in the Top 20.


Marchi, who has finished the season in the Top 5 eight times – including a 2008 world title and four times he was second in the world – will now be vying for a PBR record 14th World Finals appearance in 2017.


“I came back strong after the (summer) break,” said Marchi, who rode 50 percent of bulls the last three months of the season. “I’m happy again and I do what I like to do.”


In addition to approaching 600 career rides, he’s collected 23 event-wins.


His second place in the Finals average was as close to winning the prestigious season-finale since 2005 when he won the event in the first of three consecutive years in which he finished second in the world standings.


That said, the 34-year-old confirmed he’ll be in New York City when the 2017 season commences January 8 with the season-opening Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden.