If you are feeling deja vu after last night’s PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Unleash The Beast Chicago Invitational round one action, you’re not alone.
Fans saw twenty qualified rides from the world’s best bull riders competing against the world’s best bulls inside a spirited All-State Arena in Chicago.
The electric energy inside the arena transferred over to the youngest two-time world PBR World Champion, Jess Lockwood, who won here in 2019 and appears poised to be on top of the Can-Am cage this afternoon holding the championship buckle.
Lockwood was first paired with JJ Da Boss (4-1), making the 8-second whistle but only scoring 76.50-points on a bull who didn’t have the best out. He had the choice of keeping the score or taking the reride.
Lockwood, a Montana state wrestling champ is not one to shy away from taking rerides. He comes to these events to win the rounds and the entire event. He tossed the low score and excitedly took the reride to be paired up with Hy Test (25-23).
Lockwood was scheduled as the last out of the night, and it did not take long for the bull to be loaded into the chute. Jess barely had time to catch his breath from his ride on JJ Da Boss and get on Hy Test.
As Lockwood finished wrapping his has hand and nodded, and Hy Test exploded out onto the dirt, he found a solid base and seat, and he danced with Hy Test to the 8-second whistle to the tune of 89.00-points for the round win and 20 world points.
The round winning ride can be viewed below:
As you can see from the ride, PBR livestock director Cody Lambert sets the reride pen up to give the riders the best chance at winning the round on a reride bull.
The ride also shows that Lockwood is not suffering a “world champion hangover,” which can happen after an emotional world title.
No, in winning New York last week and taking Round One in Chicago, Lockwood appears ready to defend his world championship and work towards claiming championship number three. He is in Chicago to vie for the event title and start his climb up the standings after this event.
Under PBR’s new point system, Lockwood earned 20 points for the round win. He’s number three in the world, trailing Joao Ricardo Viera and Kaique Pacheco.
That may change this afternoon and can be seen tonight on CBS Sports Network.