01/05/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 01/05/2019 21:57
NEW YORK - Emilio Resende has missed the PBR World Finals in only two of his previous seven seasons in the PBR.
Both of those misses came because of injuries. In 2015, Resende missed the first seven months of the season following a nine-month recovery from reconstructive right knee surgery. Last year, Resende missed five months because of reconstructive left shoulder surgery.
The 31-year-old is hopeful he can return to the World Finals for a sixth time in 2019, and he is off to a great start so far.
Resende tied with Stetson Lawrence for the Round 2 victory at the Monster Energy Buck Off at The Garden, presented by Ariat, on Saturday night by riding Kick Out The Lights for 87.25 points.
'Last year was a hard year in my life for everything,' Resende said. 'I hurt my shoulder (and had) surgery. I stayed for five months out.'
Two-time World Champion and CBS Sports analyst Justin McBride loved the effort Resende put out.
'This is a big, strong, tough guy that puts in the work day in and day out,' McBride said on CBS Sports Network. 'Bull riding is hard for him. He is not one of these little flashy guys that can get in the groove and it can be easy for him. Emilio has to grind it out every time and he embraces that.'
Resende had returned with four events remaining on the premier series, but he ultimately fell 172.5 points shy of qualifying for the 2018 PBR World Finals.
He has four more injury exemptions to use before being subject to the Unleash The Beast cutline this year.
Resende, who competed at some open bull ridings in Brazil in preparation for the 2019 season, is sitting in fourth place overall in the event average. He previously rode White Out for 82.5 points in Round 1 and he will take on Stuntman Ray (10-8, UTB) in Round 3.
Fans can watch Round 3 on RidePass at 1:45 p.m. ET and CBS Sports Network at 8 p.m. ET.
The Santa Helena do Goias, Brazil, bull rider is five points behind event leader Jess Lockwood.
'I know I need points [to make] the Finals again,' Resende said. 'I had a lot of trouble last year, but I concentrate a bunch and come back in New York, the first event of the year, and try to get some points to stay in the Top 35.
'It's very important. A lot of money. The best bulls and the best guys.'
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