LAS VEGAS — Jess Lockwood continued his torrid riding, winning his second straight round at the Professional Bull Riders World Finals on Thursday night at T-Mobile Arena.
The second-round win has lifted Lockwood to first in the Built Ford Tough Series points standings, which determine the world champion. He passed good friend and former standings leader Derek Kolbaba, who took a no score Thursday.
The 20-year-old Volborg bull rider won Thursday with a ride of 89.75 points aboard the bull Breaking Bad for $35,000. He has earned $70,000 in 16 seconds at the Finals.
"I know everyone ahead of me is going to ride their bulls and step up to the plate, so it's all on me," Lockwood told the PBR after Wednesday night. "I'm not thinking of what they're doing. I'm just focused on my riding."
The $2.3 million event continues through Sunday. The year-end champion receives a $1 million bonus while the PBR World Finals winner earns another $250,000.
Matt Triplett of Columbia Falls took a no score a second straight night.
Lockwood also leads the average with 180 points on two rides. He was 90.25 points on Wednesday. A year ago, Lockwood went 0 for 5 at his first PBR World Finals.
"A new year and a new me," said Lockwood in the press release. "I'm a lot more mature this year and a lot more ready for this."