LAS VEGAS — Jess Lockwood is heating up at the right time.
The 20-year-old Volborg bull rider claimed the event lead at the Professional Bull Riders Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour Finals at South Point Arena Sunday.
Lockwood, who has four Built Ford Tough Series event wins this year, has battled a string of injuries but appears to be locked in after two nights at the RVT Finals. The 2016 PBR Rookie of the Year is now 2-for-2 and enters the final round on Monday leading the event overall.
Lockwood is ranked fifth in the world and is closing the gap between himself and PBR world leader Derek Kolbaba (Walla Walla, Washington). Kolbaba failed to pick up any points in round two after being bucked off by Budakon and is just 597.5 points ahead of Lockwood.
Lockwood rounded out the top five in round 2 with matching 86.5-point rides alongside reigning PRCA champion Sage Kimzey. Kimzey rode Sitting Bull, followed by Lockwood ending the night on Blood Money. The pair both walk away from the second night of action with 17.5 world standings points apiece.
On Saturday, Lockwood earned the round-one win with a 91-point score on Night Sweats.
Luciano de Castro (Guzolandia, Brazil) picked up the round two win with a 90.5-point ride aboard Big Black. He will go into round three having earned 80 world points Sunday.
While the final night of the RVT Finals is Monday, the BFTS World Finals begin on Wednesday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.