Max Verstappen favored in PointsBet odds for 2022 Australian GP

PointsBet 2022 Australian odds
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After winning Round 2 in Saudi Arabia, Max Verstappen is this week’s odds favorite at PointsBet Sportsbook to take the 2022 Australian Grand Prix, Verstappen’s odds this week are +135, which is only a slight deduction from last week’s line of +150. Verstappen is also favored to win the pole with odds of +125.

Verstappen rebounded from a 19th-place finish in Bahrain to win the Saudi Arabian GP and earn his 21st career victory. With the win, Verstappen now has a seven-year streak of winning at least one Formula 1 race. Sunday’s race will be the first time the series has returned to Australia since the COVID-19 pandemic and Verstappen finished third in the most recent running in 2019.

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 $1.35 for the race and $1.25 if he wins the pole. For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Points leader and winner of Round 1 in Bahrain, Charles Leclerc is ranked second with a line of +165. Leclerc finished second to Verstappen last week by a slim margin of about six-tenths of a second. In 2019, Leclerc finished fifth in Australia with his teammate Sebastian Vettel also recording a top-five.

Third-ranked Carlos Sainz, Jr. shows a significant drop-off to +850 for his outright win odds. Sainz stood on the podium in both races this season with a second-place finish in Bahrain and a third in Saudi Arabia. Racing for McLaren at the time, Sainz was the first driver to retire in 2019 on the Australian circuit when his engine expired on Lap 9.

Verstappen’s Red Bull Racing teammate Sergio Perez is the fourth-ranked driver with a line of +1300. Perez and Verstappen both experienced fuel pump failures in the season-opener with the race winding down. After winning the pole in Saudi Arabia, Perez led 14 laps there and finished 14th. If Perez is able to win back-to-back poles, that will be worth +1400.

One of the perennial favorites last year, Lewis Hamilton is ranked only fifth this week with a line of +1600. Hamilton has complained his Mercedes is struggling to find pace despite a third-place finish in Bahrain. He was proved correct in Saudi Arabia with a 10th-place finish, more than 1 minute, 13 seconds behind the winner.

The winner of the 2019 Australian GP, Valtteri Bottas is a dark horse this week with a line of +12500. Bottas’ best finish of 2022 was a sixth in Bahrain.

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Jack Miller wins the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix as Fabio Quartararo stops his downward points’ slide


Jack Miller ran away with the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi as Fabio Quartararo stopped his downward slide in the championship when a last-lap accident from his closest rival in the standings caused Francesco Bagnaia to score zero points.

Starting seventh, Miller quickly made his way forward. He was second at the end of two laps. One lap later, he grabbed the lead from Jorge Martin. Once in the lead, Miller posted three consecutive fastest laps and was never seriously challenged. It was Australian native Miller’s first race win of the season and his sixth podium finish.

The proximity to his home turf was not lost.

“I can ride a motorcycle sometimes,” Miller said in NBC Sports’ post-race coverage. “I felt amazing all weekend since I rolled out on the first practice. It feels so awesome to be racing on this side of the world.

“What an amazing day. It’s awesome; we have the home Grand Prix coming up shortly. Wedding coming up in a couple of weeks. I’m over the moon; can’t thank everyone enough.”

Miller beat Brad Binder to the line by 3.4 seconds with third-place Jorge Martin finishing about one second behind.

But the center of the storm was located just inside the top 10 as both Quartararo and Bagnaia started deep in the field.

Quartararo was on the outside of row three in ninth with Bagnaia one row behind in 12th. Neither rider moved up significantly, but the championship continued to be of primary importance as Bagnaia put in a patented late-race charge to settle onto Quartararo’s back tire, which would have allowed the championship leader to gain only a single point.

On the final lap, Bagnaia charged just a little too hard and crashed under heavy braking, throwing away the seven points he would have earned for a ninth-place finish.

The day was even more dramatic for the rider who entered the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix third in the standings. On the sighting lap, Aleix Espargaro had an alarm sound, so he peeled off into the pits, dropped his primary bike and jumped aboard the backup. Starting from pit lane, he trailed the field and was never able to climb into the points. An undisclosed electronic problem was the culprit.

For Quartararo, gaining eight points on the competition was more than a moral victory. This was a track on which he expected to run moderately, and he did, but the problems for his rivals gives him renewed focus with four rounds remaining.

Next week, the series heads to Thailand and then Miller’s home track of Phillip Island in Australia. They will close out the Pacific Rim portion of the schedule before heading to Spain for the finale in early November.

It would appear team orders are not in play among the Ducati riders. Last week’s winner Enea Bastianini made an aggressive early move on Bagnaia for position before the championship contender wrestled the spot back.

In his second race back following arm surgery, Marc Marquez won the pole. His last pole was more than 1,000 days ago on this same track in 2019, the last time the series competed at Motegi. Marquez slipped to fifth in the middle stages of the race, before regaining a position to finish just off the podium.

In Moto2 competition, Ai Ogura beat Augusto Fernandez to close the gap in that championship to two points. Fernandez holds the scant lead. Alonso Lopez rounded out the podium.

Both American riders, Cameron Beaubier and Joe Roberts finished just outside the top 10 in 11th and 12th respectively.