Max Verstappen barely above even money in PointsBet odds for F1 Dutch GP

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Last week, Max Verstappen was credited with his sixth win of the season and awarded half points after circling around Spa Francorchamps behind the pace car for a couple of laps, and is once again the favorite at PointsBet Sportsbook to win the F1 Dutch GP on September 5 at Zandvoort, Netherlands.

Formula 1 has not visited Zandvoort since 1985 when Niki Lauda scored his 25th and final F1 victory in the the most recent Dutch GP. F1’s return was scheduled for last year, but this race was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Verstappen is now three points behind Lewis Hamilton in the Drivers Championship as Formula 1 heads into the second half of their season. A native of Hasselt, Belgium, Verstappen did not get an opportunity to race in front of his countrymen last week because of steady, persistent rain at Spa, but he should have plenty of fans in the neighboring country.

With odds of +110, Verstappen is barely above even money to win this week.

One way to view American Odds is to move the decimal point two positions to the left. That will let a bettor know what they will make on a $1 bet, so the return on investment this week for Verstappen is $1.10. For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Verstappen is narrowly favored over Hamilton, who shows +125 odds this week. Hamilton enters the weekend with four wins in 2021. The most recent of these came in his native England at Silverstone. Contact with Hamilton on the opening lap of the British GP sent Verstappen off course and into retaining barriers. The crash forced him to retire without earning points while Hamilton overcame a 10-second penalty for the avoidable contact and won.

This week, Verstappen expects the Dutch fans to be vocal in their criticism of Hamilton.

Hamilton is listed at +125 to with the Dutch GP.

Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas is ranked third with a line of +1600. Bottas is fourth in the driver standings, but only five points separate him from McLaren Racing’s Lando Norris.

If the betting odds are an indication, Bottas is expected to easily outpace Norris, who faces a line of +3300 that ranks him fifth in the 20-driver field.

Verstappen’s teammate Sergio Perez is ranked fourth this week with odds of +1800. Perez is one of just two drivers other than Hamilton or Verstappen to win in the first 12 rounds of the F1 season. His victory came at Azerbaijan after Verstappen crashed out of the lead.

The other 2021 winner, Esteban Ocon, faces incredibly long odds of +30000.

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Niki Lauda scored his 25th and final F1 victory in the 1985 Dutch Grand Prix in Zandvoort, the last time the series visited this track. (Photo by Paul-Henri Cahier/Getty Images)

Ken Roczen signs with HEP Progressive Ecstar Suzuki for 2023

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ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).

“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.

“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”

For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.

“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.

“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”

Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.

“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.