Lewis Hamilton heavily favored over Max Verstappen in PointsBet odds for United States GP

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Lewis Hamilton won the United States GP five times in eight races and is heavily favored at PointsBet Sportsbook to win this year’s edition on October 24 in Austin, Texas. Hamilton enters Round 17 of the 22-race schedule embroiled in a tight battle for the top spot in the Drivers Championship, trailing Max Verstappen by six points.

Hamilton is listed this week with odds of -120 , which means the only way to make money off him is to find someone to take the opposite bet. Hamilton has five wins this year to Verstappen’s seven and trails 12 to 11 in podium finishes.

Verstappen also has low odds of +160. His latest win came at Zandvoort, one week after he was awarded the win and half points at Spa-Francorchamps in a race comprised of two laps run behind the pace car in heavy rain.  In the 2019 United States GP, Verstappen finished third behind Hamilton in second and Valtteri Bottas. This race was not run in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 $1.60. For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

The last four F1 races have each been won by a different driver. Last week, Hamilton’s teammate Bottas was in Victory Lane by a wide margin of more than 14 seconds. He led 49 of 58 laps in that race. His odds this week are +1400.

No other driver is better than 20/1.

Sergio Perez is listed at +2200 and is a dark horse worth noting. A Mexican native, he will be racing in front of a hometown crowd for the next two weeks in the border state of Texas and in Mexico City.

Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris are ranked fourth with a line of +4000.

Norris is currently fourth in the Driver Championship, eight points ahead of Perez. He has earned four podiums in 16 races this year and failed to finish once, but is coming off back-to-back seventh-place finishes in Russia and Turkey.

Leclerc has one podium in 15 starts. After winning the pole and then crashing at Monaco, he was unable to grid his car there. Leclerc has earned three top-five finishes, (Zandvoort, Russia and Turkey) in his last four starts.

Daniel Ricciardo is the other winner during the last four races. He beat Norris and Bottas to the line in the Italian Grand Prix after Verstappen and Hamilton crashed midway through that race, an incident for which Verstappen was later penalized.

Kimi Raikkonen won the United States GP in 2018. If his is able to repeat that feat, it will be worth a whopping +50000.

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Miguel Oliveira wins MotoGP Thai Grand Prix, Bagnaia closes to two points in championship

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Miguel Oliveira mastered mixed conditions on the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand to win the MotoGP Thai Grand Prix. Oliveira showed the adaptability as he navigated a race that began in wet conditions and turned dry over the course of the race. Oliveira won the Indonesian GP in similar conditions.

“It was a long race, but I can’t complain,” Oliveira said on CNBC. “Every time we get to ride in the wet, I’m always super-fast. When it started raining, I had flashbacks of Indonesia. I tried to keep my feet on the ground, make a good start and not make mistakes and carry the bike to the end.”

All eyes were on the championship, however. Francesco Bagnaia got a great start to slot into second in Turn 1.

Meanwhile Fabio Quartararo had a disastrous first lap. He lost five positions in the first couple of turns and then rode over the rumble strips and fell back to 17th. At the end of the first lap, Bagnaia had the points’ lead by two. A win would have added to the gain and for a moment, it appeared Bagnaia might assume the lead.

Early leader Marco Bezzecchi was penalized for exceeding track limits, but before that happened, Jack Miller got around Bagnaia and pushed him back to third. Oliveira was not far behind.

After throwing away ninth-place and seven points on the last lap of the Japanese GP last week, Bagnaia did not allow the competition to press him into a mistake. He fell back as far as fourth before retaking the final position on the podium.

“It’s like a win for me, this podium,” Bagnaia. “My first podium in the wet and then there was a mix of conditions, so I’m very happy. I want to thank Jack Miller. Before the race, he gave me a motivational chat.”

Miller led the first half of the Thai Grand Prix before giving up the top spot to Oliveira and then held on to finish second. Coupled with his Japanese GP win, Miller is now fully in the MotoGP championship battle with a 40-point deficit, but he will need a string of results like Bagnaia has put together in recent weeks – and he needs Bagnaia to lose momentum.

Miller’s home Grand Prix in Australia is next up on the calendar in two weeks.

Bagnaia entered the race 18 points behind Quartararo after he failed to score any in Japan. The balance of power has rapidly shifted, however, with Quartararo now failing to earn points in two of the last three rounds. Bagnaia won four consecutive races and finished second in the five races leading up to Japan. His third-place finish in Thailand is now his sixth MotoGP podium in the last seven rounds.

Aleix Espargaro entered the race third in the standings with a 25-point deficit to Quartararo, but was able to close the gap by only five after getting hit with a long-lap penalty for aggressive riding when he pushed Darryn Binder off course during a pass for position. Espargaro finished 11th.

Rain mixed up the Moto2 running order in the MotoGP Thai Grand Prix as well. Starting on a wet track, Somkiat Chantra led the opening lap in his home Grand Prix. He could not hold onto it and crashed one circuit later, but still gave his countrymen a moment of pride by winning the pole.

Half points were awarded as the race went only eight laps before Tony Arbolino crossed under the checkers first with Filip Salac and Aron Canet rounding out the podium.

American Joe Roberts earned another top-10 in eighth with Sean Dylan Kelly finishing just outside the top 10 in 11th.