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JACKSONVILLE – Delivering a flawless 2-for-2 performance, Dener Barbosa (Paulo de Faria, Brazil) dominated the Jacksonville Invitational to win the season-launch PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour (PWVT) Saturday night at Jacksonville's VyStar Veteran's Memorial Arena.

Barbosa began the event inside VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena with an 85.5-point ride aboard Midnight Mystery (Halpain Bucking Bulls), tied for the second-best score.

The Brazilian again made the 8 in the championship round, this time for an 84-point score atop Slick Willy (5S Bucking Bulls/Richardson Land & Cattle Co.).

For his efforts, Barbosa collected $6,200 and 36 world points, rising to No. 14 in the world.

Barbosa additionally earned a berth to the elite Unleash The Beast, set to return to PBR’s premier series in Manchester, New Hampshire, on January 18-19 at SNHU Arena.

Romildo Rodrigues (Itatiba, Brazil) was second, netting $4,800 and 27 world points.

After covering Slim Shady (Topline Steel Buildings/Barrett Bucking Stock) for 82 points in Round 1, he topped the championship round with an 85.5-point effort aboard Slapping Bo (CBT 2).

Rodrigues is now No. 20 in the world.

As the final rider to go a perfect 2-for-2, Marcus Mast (Middlebury, Indiana) was third.

In Round 1 he rode The Kraken (Dakota Buckers/Burkhardt) for 82 points, followed by an 84.5-point trip on Big Luck (Melton Bull Co.).

The Indiana man left the Sunshine State event with $3,100 and 14 world points.

Fourth was Eli Vastbinder (Statesville, North Carolina). His performance was headlined by a Round 1 win courtesy of his 86-point ride atop Roll of the Dice (Topline Steel Buildings/Barrett Bucking Stock).

Vastbinder collected $2,600 and 13 world points.

Cody Dollins (Waco, Texas) and Brady Sims (Holt, Missouri) tied for fifth, both earning $1,300 and 6.5 world points.

Both recording their 85.5-point rides in Round 1, Dollins rode Cracker (Silent 7/Hilton Bull Co.) while Sims topped Undertow (Rickey West Bucking Bulls).

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