EDMONTON – Three-time World Champion Adriano Moraes and 1997 World Champion Michael Gaffney were in the hallway outside of the Team Mexico locker room Friday night when Moraes looked at Gaffney with fire in his eyes.
“That is what I was talking about,” Moraes said. “They just needed one ride.”
Moraes was referencing Edgar Durazo’s 86.75-point ride on South Texas Gangster in the Bonus Round that helped Team Mexico avoid being shutout during night 1 of the inaugural PBR Global Cup, presented by Encor by EPCOR.
Durazo was able to maintain his positioning as South Texas Gangster struggled to come out of the chute cleanly and then went to town to give Team Mexico something to cheer about following a real, poor start at the Global Cup.
“Well, it was a little bit of a scary thing because you never know what can happen if he turns in the chute,” Durazo said. “He can get your leg or something, but I was fired up. That was amazing. I don’t even know, I haven’t even thought about the scores or anything. I just wanted to get it done. I just wanted to get one.”
Gaffney said, “You hear Adriano talking about it. To have that kind of skit-skat stuff right from the beginning and keep his composure, he could do really well (in the PBR) and that’s huge.
“All that does is boost your confidence. Tomorrow we’re going to have a strong score and a strong ride.”
Durazo agreed that hopefully the ride can inspire his teammates to rise to the occasion on Saturday night.
“Oh this is very important,” Durazo said. “This is very important for all of my country, my team and for everyone this is a big step. We’ll get them. We’ll get them tomorrow. It’s another day. We’re all going to ride.”
Fans can watch the conclusion of the PBR Global Cup on TSN3 and PBR.com beginning at 10 p.m. ET.
Gaffney noticed his team was way too uptight and riding with mental pressure on their minds Friday.
Most of his riders have never competed on a stage like this, let alone the fact that some have never even seen snow until they arrived in Edmonton.
“Tonight we had some tough bulls in the chutes,” Gaffney said. “We don’t ever make excuses, but we started some really good bull rides in the first round, and, you could tell, first night jitters. The guys were really, you could see it in their chests, they were excited. We started some really good bull rides, we just need to finish them. Strong start and it came down where we’re one bull down, that’s it.
“We’ve got the jitters over. We can step up and maybe relax a little bit.”
TEAM MEXICO SATURDAY MATCHUPS
Francisco Morales vs. Red Sails
Edgar Durazo vs. Smiling Bob
Alejandro Gamboa vs. Bad Moon Rising
Alfonso Orozco vs. Red Peasant
Jhonatan Santillan vs. Mama’s Boy
Juan Carlos Contreras vs. Anika's Pet
Ricard Orozco vs. Midnight Rain
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