First year Monster Energy bull rider Cody Teel has used the past five elite televised PBR events to ride his way into the Top 10 of the world standings for the first time in 2021.
Teel rode Ridin Solo for 91.25 points to win the 15/15 Bucking Battle in Billings, Montana, this past weekend and then finished the regular-season event third in the average to solidify his move to being ranked seventh in the world.
The Texas-born cowboy was spot-on throughout his 8-second qualified ride and judges marked him nearly two points higher than the bull school.
“Gotta keep loose and just be riding,” said Teel, who said he felt great and later added, “I’m doing a little more riding and little less sitting.”
Teel, who has been in the Championship Round of the past five elite events, clearly took advantage the opportunity presented to him in the 15/15.
He knew damn-well if he could take the edge off and make the whistle, he had a chance of outscoring the other 14 riders.
“I was lucky enough to do it today and just thankful it worked out,” said Teel, who told a network television audience, “It’s far from over, that’s for sure. I have a little momentum and I want to just keep the ball rolling and finish strong.”
Teel was speaking of the final day of a three-day event but could have just as easily been referring to the rest of the 2021 season.
His 15/15 win was broadcast on CBS.
Fellow Monster Energy teammate Jose Vitor Leme was the Billings event winner.
Leme remains the No. 1 ranked bull rider in the world and, as the defending World Champion, the favorite to become only the second rider in PBR history to win back-to-back world titles.
Derek Kolbaba, 8, is one spot behind Teel in the standings, while Marco Eguchi is ranked 11th. Two-time PBR World Champion Jess Lockwood is currently 25th, having missed a good deal of events due to back-to-back injuries.
J.B. Mauney—another two-time World Champion member of the Monster Energy team—is due to return to competition in July, while Chase Outlaw remains sidelined.
In addition to this past weekend’s Billings event, Teel was fifth in Omaha, Nebraska; 14th in Nampa, Idaho; 10th in Oklahoma City; and 11th in Sioux City, South Dakota, since he began moving up the world standings.
In that time, he has amassed nine of his 12 qualified rides this season at elite televised PBR events.
This coming weekend, Teel and the other Top 35 ranked bull riders will be competing in Jacksonville, Florida.