Going into the PBR World Finals, two-time defending world champion Silvano Alves’ strategy was simple – ride six bulls, declining re-rides.
Analysts believe his approach stood in the way of a third consecutive title.
Instead, J.B. Mauney of Mooresville, N.C., was crowned the 2013 PBR World Champion Sunday at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Mauney was the only competitor to earn a score on all six bulls he rode in the finals en route to the world champion title.
He won the Finals average with 546.25 points, followed by Alves with 430. Overall, Mauney earned 5,296.25 points, 977.75 better than Alves’ 3,780.
The 25-year-old Brazilian has become widely known for declining re-rides over the past four seasons and electing not to take guaranteed points off the leaderboard regardless of how low the score happens to be or the situation in which it takes place.
Wednesday night, in the opening round of the Finals, he earned 73.75 points in his first out and had no intention of getting on another bull.
Instead, he closed out the round with the lowest score out of 13 qualified rides and didn’t earn any round points in an event that offers 400 points to the round winner. Meanwhile, Mauney finished second in the round and earned 350 points to go along with the 88.75 points he earned for riding Train Robber.
PBR analyst Keith Ryan Cartwright said it’s impossible to know how many more points Alves would have earned this season had he accepted the four re-ride options he declined throughout the year – but losing the title by 977.75 points has made many assume he likely would have won a third consecutive title.
Other riders from Wise County finished as follows: Valdiron de Oliveira, 11; Eduardo Aparecido. 12; Renato Nunes, 13; Brant Atwood, 18; Ben Jones, 19; Mike Lee, 26; and Fabiano Vieira, tied for 27.