Guilherme Marchi's lead is almost 4,000 points, and while it's still possible for someone to catch him, it's unlikely. As much as the PBR wants us to believe the race is still wide open, it isn't. Marchi would have to buck off everything at the World Finals, and one of the top two or three guys would have to win in Vegas.
So which rider poses the biggest threat to Marchi? Is it his fellow countryman, Valdiron de Oliveira, or is it his fellow 2007 World Title contender J.B. Mauney? Or will someone else outside the top six make a run in Vegas and end up in second?
Just vote in the poll, and throw in some thoughts as well.
Well, I voted for JB because he's done really well in the past couple of events, but I'm not willing to count Valdiron out yet. I think both of them will come on strong in the finals and I'm looking forward to seeing how it turns out.
Valdiron de Oliveira and Kody Lostroh both did just enough this past weekend to keep the race for the gold buckle open. Marchi's lead is still over 3,000 points, and he will most likely be the World Champ. However, 3,300 or whatever it is is quite different from almost 4,000. If either Oliveira or Lostroh win The Finals, Marchi will probably need to finish in the top 10 or close to it.
It would be nice to see Marchi ride his first two or three bulls in Vegas and take that confidence into the second weekend. If he does what McBride did last season and start out 0-3, things will get dicey if the others ride of course.