Emilio Resende came into Kansas City this weekend with his Professional Bull Riders bona fides. The Brazilian bull rider was the PBRs 2012 Rookie of the Year.
By TODD ENGLE
Special to The Star
What Resende didnt have was a PBR victory.
Cross that one off the list. Resende was one of three riders to ride all three bulls, and his 254.5 points were enough to win the Caterpillar Classic, which ended Sunday at the Sprint Center.
Resende covered Iron Man in the championship round, but couldnt celebrate until the final three riders had their shots. All three were bucked off, giving Resende his long-awaited victory.
Ive done the same work as I have every other week, and the only thing different is I got on the right bulls this weekend, Resende said through an interpreter. I was a little bit (nervous), but every other weekend you get nervous trying to win the event.
Guilherme Marchi and Valdiron de Oliveira tied for second with 251.5 points each.
Marchi vaulted into the lead of the season point standings with his performance. Hes 124 points ahead of Mike Lee, who failed to record a top-10 finish for just the second time in eight events.
This weekends event had a bit of hometown flair as well. Brady Sims, from Holt, Mo., made his PBR debut last week in St. Louis.
He rode in front of his friends and family this weekend and finished eighth.
Im telling you, its a dream come true. Ive been working at it forever, said Sims while signing a homemade Brady Sims Fan Club sign.
As long as I can remember, Ive been trying to get to this level, and now for my second official event to be in my hometown, its pretty cool.
Sims covered his first two bulls of the weekend, giving him a chance to win the title.
(They) were freaking great. I went 85 on the first one and if youd closed your eyes and listen to the crowd youd thought I went 100. Today I went 83.5 maybe and it felt like I went 90 because of how loud everybody was, Sims said.
A bull named Earl ended his title shot in less than 4 seconds.
That ride, shoot, I shouldnt have bucked off of him. Thats as simple as it is. Hes right there into my hand, and I never buck off a bull into my hand and I did a rookie mistake. I let him have me and I shouldnt have done that, Sims said.
But two top-10 finishes first two events out? I cant be complaining.
| Todd Engle, Special to The Star