GLENDALE, Ariz. – Claudio Montanha Jr. stood on the back of the bucking chutes during the championship round of the Ak-Chin Invitational, presented by Cooper Tires, and could only wonder what could have been.
Montanha had to miss the championship round after he sustained a concussion during his Round 2 ride aboard Roulette (86.25 points) when he hit the ground on his dismount. Montanha’s effort had him in the event lead heading into the championship round, but the PBR’s concussion protocol and the PBR Sports Medicine team removed him from the event.
The 29-year-old was certainly disappointed, but he also understood the decision was for his well-being.
“I am really sad because I have been getting on some good bulls and I had come to the point to where I was leading the event and not be able to compete,” Montanha said with the help of Paulo Crimber translating. “But God knows what he does and I have to look forward.”
Montanha wound up finishing tied for fourth in the event with Rubens Barbosa, earning 155 world points.
The third-year pro rode Circuit Breaker for 86.25 points in Round 1.
According to Dr. Tandy Freeman, Montanha is probable for next weekend’s Sacramento Invitational.
The No. 4-ranked bull rider in the world standings trails world leader Jess Lockwood by 1,207.5 points.
“It is really good because I am not injured bad, and I will be able to compete next week,” Montanha said. “I will have to make those guys ride to get that buckle.”
Cody Teel also sustained a concussion Sunday afternoon when he was bucked off by Dusty’s Revenge in 2.84 seconds. Teel is listed as questionable for Sacramento.
Dakota Buttar was unable to take a re-ride in Round 2 after he was struck by High Carbon’s horn in the bucking chutes prior to nodding for the gate. Buttar sustained contusions of his left shoulder (riding arm) and jaw. He is probable for Sacramento.
Six riders did not compete on Sunday because of various injuries – Cooper Davis (concussion), Derek Kolbaba (right rib injury), Matt Triplett (right wrist), Stetson Lawrence (probable left foot fracture), Brennon Eldred (right elbow) and Nathan Burtenshaw (sprained right elbow).
Triplett, Lawrence and Burtenshaw all have follow-up appointments in Dallas on Monday.
Triplett and Burtenshaw will undergo MRIs, while Lawrence will get an X-ray.
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