LAS VEGAS – Backed by a dominant 5-for-6 showing, including four 90-point rides, 2017 PBR (Professional Bull Riders) World Champion Jess Lockwood of Volborg surged to the top of the leaderboard to win the PBR World Finals event, and became the youngest two-time champion in the sport’s history on Sunday.
The ferociously contested race capped a season-long slug-fest between the world’s Top 3 riders and came down to the final three outs inside T-Mobile Arena.
Lockwood completed his come-from-behind-surge Sunday afternoon to overtake Brazilian Jose Vitor Leme by 852.51 points.
Lockwood is now one of six multi-time PBR World Champions, joining three-time PBR World Champions Adriano Moraes (1994, 2001, 2006) and Silvano Alves (2011, 2012, 2014), and two-time PBR World Champions Chris Shivers (2000, 2003), Justin McBride (2005, 2007) and J.B. Mauney (2013, 2015).
“It will take a while for this one to sink in,” Lockwood said. “You work your whole life to become a world champion. Now I get to have my name next to guys like Justin McBride and Chris Shivers. It’s what you dream about. To have it become a reality is that much sweeter.”
The Montana man is also one of only five athletes to win the prestigious World Finals event title and World Championship in the same season. He joins Mike Lee (2004), Renato Nunes (2010), Mauney (2013) and Alves (2014).
Capturing the coveted gold buckle and $1 million bonus for the second time in his career, Lockwood left T-Mobile Arena with $1,391.500. He is now sixth in all-time money earners in the PBR.
, a mere four years into his career.