PUEBLO, Colo. – The first half of the 2017 Built Ford Tough Series season was a five-month stretch filled with everything from surprise surges, comeback victories and continued excellence from the world’s best bull riders.
The 2017 World Championship race is far from clear, but the first half provided an insightful preview of what’s to come in the homestretch to the 2017 Built Ford Tough World Finals.
The first half featured dominance from the future stars of the sport, an amazing run from a veteran Brazilian, an unexpected rise and a ride the etched a legend’s name into the history books. Over the next few weeks, PBR.com will countdown the top rides from the first half and look forward to the second half where a World Champion will be crowned.
With 17 days remaining before the return of the BFTS in Tulsa, Oklahoma, PBR.com will countdown the Top 17 rides of the first half.
Jess Lockwood: 90.25 points on BC Circular Insanity (Sioux Falls, South Dakota)
When Jess Lockwood made his return to the BFTS in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, much had changed since a torn groin at Iron Cowboy forced him to the sidelines. His blazing start to the season had come to a crashing stop, and he had been dethroned from the top of the world standings.
When he arrived at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, Lockwood was determined to make a statement.
That statement came in the 15/15 Bucking Battle when he rode BC Circular Insanity for 90.25 points.
Lockwood eventually finished second in the bonus round after Chase Outlaw squeezed by him by a quarter of a point, it was an important boost to his confidence after missing nearly five weeks of competition.
“It doesn’t matter what anyone else does,” Lockwood said. “That is not going to fix my outcome, so I just try to worry about myself.”
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