As the first part of the 2017 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Season begins to come to light many riders are moving up the ranks in the world standings leader board while others are in a tailspin. Last weekend in Albuquerque, Stormy Wing had a huge weekend and found himself inside of the top ten while the red-hot Brazilian, Guilherme Marchi, is well on his way towards his 600th career Built Ford Tough Series ride which could very well happen next weekend in Sioux Falls depending on his outcome this weekend here in Arizona.
On the other side of the coin, there are also many riders that are sitting on the cut line and need to do everything right over the weekend to even be able to keep their spot on this elite tour heading into the summer break. Reese Cates, who currently sits in the number thirty-one position, will return to action after missing last weekend’s event due to his wife giving birth to their first child, Raysen Tyler Cates. He will need to have a fantastic weekend to be able to keep his spot on the Built Ford Tough Series for the next section as the cuts continue to happen after every five events throughout the year.
Guilherme Marchi Rides In Glendale
Photo Credit: Rokin’ K Photos / Jeana Wilson-Kilcrease
This weekend’s event here in Glendale, Arizona will, once again, be a must-ride situation for those wanting to make big moves in the first part of the season. Coming into tonight’s first round of the Ak-Chin Invitational each and every one of the athletes in the locker room knew what their jobs had to be since this weekend is back to the shoot-out feeling that many of the events have been this year. More and more two-day events are on the calendar and that puts pressure on each of the top 35 bull riders in the world that compete on a weekly basis across the United States of America.
One of those cowboys is the 2008 PBR World Champion Guilherme Marchi, who is well on his way of making history being the first cowboy to ever hit the 600 career ride mark in the Built Ford Tough Series. Over the past 18 seasons, Machi has gained a huge fan base while being one of the nicest guys that has ever step foot into the BFTS. Coming into this weekend he sat at 596 qualified rides and looked to further that here in round one. After the ride concluded it would be his bovine counterpart that would walk away with the upper hand going into tomorrow afternoon’s final rounds. Once it was all said and done Marchi and Viducic Bucking Bulls’ Dirty Vegas put a solid 41.25 point bull score up on the board leaving Guilherme Marchi at 596 qualified rides as we all look forward to his efforts tomorrow afternoon.
Chase Outlaw Wins Round One In Glendale
Photo Credit: Andy Watson / Bull Stock Media
Round one of the Ak-Chin Invitational gave the bull riders, as well as the fans in attendance, a nice mix of solid bulls that were rider friendly along with some that have given these cowboys trouble throughout the first part of the year. As the lights shined bright on the arena floor, after a very touching opening tribute to our nation, it was time to focus on the task at hand. The first section of bull riders began their pre-ride rituals as Flint Rassmussen did his thing, getting the sold-out crowd fired up for some great bull riding action.
Once the bull riding began the crowd inside of the Gila River Arena witnessed some of the most intense and heart-wrenching times that we have seen throughout the 2017 season. Many of the top 35 bull riders in the world showed their frustrations while 13 others left the arena floor feeling great after making a qualified ride and carrying a score over into tomorrow afternoon’s action. Tonight, only one would be able to leave with a round win under his belt and that man would be Chase Outlaw after putting together a very nice ride and earning 88.50 points for his efforts aboard Julio Moreno Bucking Bulls ‘ Captain Jack!
Complete Break-Down Of Qualified Rides In Round One Posted Below:
Chase Outlaw (88.50) J.W. Harris (87.25)
Mason Lowe (86.75) J.B. Mauney (86.75)
Derek Kolbaba (86.50) Luciano De Castro (86.00)
Fabiano Vieira (85.50) Dener Barbosa (85.50)
Stetson Lawrence (84.50) Cooper Davis (83.75)
Ryan Dirteater (83.75) Cody Teel (83.00)
Claudio Montanha Jr. (78.50)
Tonight the fires that were lit and the flames that began to burn brighter inside of the top 35 bull riders in the world were on full display setting up tomorrow afternoon’s rounds to be a not-to-miss opportunity. While we continue to have a watchful eye on who will be dropped and who will stay on the Built Ford Tough Series tour we have to look at the big movers that have been making non-stop statements over the last few weeks. Many veteran riders are on the verge of being cut while many BFTS rookies are securing their opportunities to stay up here and make a run for a world title all while raising some eyebrows along the way. We will all have to wait and see what things look like at the conclusion of the Ak-Chin Invitational tomorrow afternoon!
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