“There is no one more exciting to watch,” said two-time World Champion Justin McBride, who described Leme as more than a great athlete. He told the television audience that Leme is “a great competitor.”
Bullfighter and fellow CBS broadcaster Shorty Gorham agreed.
“I knew it was coming,” Gorham said following the event. “I saw him go back to getting aggressive with that outside foot. For myself, Jose Vitor Leme is at his best when he’s riding aggressive with his feet.”
Leme was nothing short of aggressive in Sioux Falls.
After bucking off in the opening round, he went 8-seconds on Medicine Man for 90.25 points in Round 2. It was a surprising turn of events for a guy who had trouble the past couple events – Kansas City, Missouri, and Tacoma, Washington – with bulls away from his hand, but he solidified the third pick in the Championship Round bull draft with an aggressive effort on Losing Control.
Truth be told, he was in total control for entirety of his 8-second ride.
Judges rewarded him with 89.25 points.
“When Jose loosens up with his outside leg it’s with purpose, precision and speed,” McBride said, when analyzing Leme’s style. “That was a great, aggressive ride right there.”
He finished off the weekend with an impressive score of 92 points on Cochise.
He chose the World Champion Bull contender not only because he was confident in making the whistle, but he was adamant about selecting the best available bull he could be the most points on. Leme is focused on earning world points and knows the more points he earns, the more money he will ultimately claim for himself—namely the $1 million bonus awarded to the World Champion in Las Vegas.
Not even a full four months into a 10-month long season, Leme has earned a PBR-leading eight-round wins and also leads all riders in the world with six monster scores of 90 points or more.
If he continues to move his feet – as they say – he will be virtually unstoppable in the weeks to come.
This coming weekend, Leme and Outlaw will be joined by the rest of the Top 35 professional bull riders in the world up in Billings, Montana, for another rare three-day, four-round event at the Rimrock Auto Arena at the Metro Park.
That said, weekends like the one in Sioux Falls, tend to motivate a guy like Outlaw, who is eager to reclaim his spot atop the world standings.
“This sport is 90 percent mental,” said Outlaw, on the CBS Sports broadcast “so you gotta see it to believe it to achieve it. To be a champion you gotta act like a champion. Then you’ll ride like a champion.”