BILLINGS, Mont. (April 7, 2013) -- In one of the most hotly contested races for a world title, it took all of one Built Ford Tough Series event for Shane Proctor to reclaim his lead atop the PBR World Standings.
Proctor, from Grand Coulee, had actually slipped from second to third in the standings on Saturday, following Round 2 of the Stanley Make Something Great Invitational presented by Cooper Tires and the 15/15 Bucking Battle. However, a solid Sunday afternoon — including 88.75 points in the championship round — gave him all he needed to surpass reigning world champion Silvano Alves and Marco Eguchi, who took over the lead two weeks ago in Albuquerque, N.M.
Proctor now leads Eguchi by 569.87 points and Alves by 687.96 points.
J.B. Mauney is 1,109.62 points behind his brother-in-law, Proctor, while Douglas Duncan is fifth in the world, trailing by 1,370.5 points.
“That’s what the PBR is all about, having good races,” Proctor said, “and it’s no fun if somebody takes over the lead and holds it for very long.
“Everybody is trying their guts out.”
Top-scoring rookie Joao Ricardo Vieira edged out Proctor in the three-day Stanley Make Something Great Invitational with an 89.5-point ride on Yellow Jacket Jr. to claim his second consecutive BFTS event win, putting him just 1,488.08 points behind Proctor.
“The real deal is going to be at the end of the year,” Proctor said, “when we see who wins it.”