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 that 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.
You can witness that next great moment by purchasing tickets for the 2017 World Finals, where the PBR’s best will return to T-Mobile Arena Nov. 1-5.
Jess Lockwood: 90 points on BC Circular Insanity (Sacramento, California)
2016 Rookie of the Year Jess Lockwood had already taken the world by storm by the time he arrived in Sacramento, California. After winning the season-opening Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden, his first PBR Major victory, Lockwood had grabbed control of the world standings and was off to an amazing start after a disappointing end to 2016.
At the Sacramento Clash, Lockwood went 4-for-4 on his way to his second BFTS event win of the season and an even tighter grasp on the world standings lead.
Lockwood closed the event out with a 90-point ride on BC Circular Insanity in the championship round, his first 90-point ride since Aug. 2016 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
After the disappointing end to Lockwood’s 2016 season, where an injury hampered him and he failed to record a ride at the World Finals, he felt vindicated after his early-season success. It also revealed the theme to Lockwood’s season, that he is here to work.
“You just have to show up each weekend and expect yourself to win,” Lockwood concluded. “If you are showing up each weekend, if you are not planning on winning, what is the point really?”
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