LAS VEGAS (Oct. 27, 2009) — The 2009 PBR World Finals is only three days away.
But for the past 10 months, no others riders have managed to make the whistle with as much regularity as Kody Lostroh, Guilherme Marchi and J.B. Mauney.
A lot can still happen in Las Vegas, but after 31 grueling Built Ford Tough Series events, here's a breakdown of the top three riding percentages.
KODY LOSTROH opened the season by covering his first six bulls, and nine of his first 10. His longest streak was when he went 9-for-9 over a three-event span that included Anaheim, Glendale and St. Louis.
Three times this season, Lostroh was 4-for-4 at a three-day event (St. Louis, Nampa and Billings).
Lostroh's worst five-event streak was Sacramento through Tallahassee when he was dismal 3-for-10, including his longest streak of buckoffs (5) in 2009.
There were 10 events (Baltimore, Fresno, Tampa, Anaheim, Glendale, St. Louis, Nampa, Billings, Nashville and Ontario) in which Lostroh rode all his bulls. In those 10 events he was a combined 30-for-30. However, there were six events (Dallas, Winston-Salem, Tallahassee, Kansas City, Omaha and Portland) in which he was 0-for-the-weekend. In those six events, which were all two-day events, he was a combined 0-for-12.
Only twice this season did Lostroh go two or more events in a row without qualifying for the championship round. Conversely, he went eight events in a row (Des Moines through Ontario) qualifying for the short go.
Lostroh rode 21 of 30 in Round 1 for a 70 percent average, 14 of 27 in Round 2 for 51.9 percent, 8 of 9 in Round 3 for 88.9 percent and 11 of 22 in the short go for 50 percent. His overall riding average for the season is 62.1 percent.
In nine second-round appearances that featured a draft, Lostroh covered 8 of his bulls for 88.9 percent, and is 19-for-31 in all draft rounds this year for a 61.3 percent average.
In the past five events, Lostroh is a mere 8 of 15, and in his last 10 outs he's covered only five bulls.
GUILHERME MARCHI opened the season by covering his first three bulls, and seven of his first 10. Throughout the season, he's had consecutive streaks of eight in a row, and twice has ridden seven in a row. On the flip side, on three separate occasions Marchi has bucked off four in a row.
Three times this season, Marchi was 4-for-4 at a three-day event (Nampa, Worcester and Uncasville).
Marchi has missed multiple short rounds, 3, only once this season (Fresno, Sacramento and Dallas) and at no other time in 2009 did he so much as go two straight events without qualifying for the championship round.
There were 10 events (Baltimore, Glendale, Tacoma, Nampa, Worcester, Nashville, Springfield, Ontario, Columbus and Uncasville) in which Marchi rode all his bulls. In those 10 events he was a combined 32-for-32. However, there were eight events (Fresno, Dallas, Anaheim, Birmingham, Des Moines, Pueblo, San Antonio and Reno) in which he was 0-for-the-weekend. In those eight events he was 0-for-16.
Marchi qualified for six short rounds in a row from Tacoma through Worcester.
Marchi rode 21 of 31 in Round 1 for a 67.7 percent average, 17 of 28 in Round 2 for 60.7 percent, 5 of 10 in Round 3 for 50 percent and 13 of 20 in the short go for 65 percent. His overall riding average for the season is 62.9 percent.
In 10 second-round appearances that featured a draft, Marchi covered 9 of his bulls for 90 percent and is 22-for-30 in all draft rounds this year for a 73.3 percent average.
In the past five events, in which he qualified for all five short go rounds, Marchi is a solid 14 of 15, and in his past 10 outs he's covered 9 bulls.
J.B. MAUNEY opened the season by covering his first two bulls, and was 8 of his first 10. Throughout the season he's had a trio consecutive streaks that includes seven, eight and nine in a row. On the flip side, Mauney has bucked off four in a row twice, and once went six in a row without making the whistle.
Four times this season, Mauney was 4-for-4 at a three-day event (New York, Worcester, Reno and Uncasville). He was perfect at four other shorter weekends as well, including Dallas, Winston-Salem, Omaha and San Antonio.
In the 8 events, Mauney was perfect, covering a combined 28 bulls. There were only four events (Glendale, Billings, Pueblo and Tulsa) in which he was 0-for-the-weekend. In those four events he was 0-for-9.
Only once this season has Mauney missed qualifying for back-to-back short go rounds (Pueblo and Tulsa). In fact, from Dallas through Anaheim he qualified for six in a row.
Mauney rode 20 of 31 in Round 1 for a 64.5 percent average, 19 of 28 in Round 2 for 67.9 percent, 6 of 10 in Round 3 for 60 percent, and 10 of 22 in the short go for 45.5 percent. His overall riding average for the season is 60.4 percent.
Mauney is the only one of the top three riders with an average under 50 percent in the short go.
In 10 second-round appearances that also featured a draft, Mauney covered six of his bulls for 60 percent, and is 16-for-32 in all draft rounds this year for a 50 percent average.
In the past five events, Mauney is nine of 14, and in his last 10 outs he's covered seven bulls.
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