Colton Herta is PointsBet favorite for the Grand Prix of Long Beach

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For the second time in 2022, Colton Herta is this week’s PointsBet Sportsbook favorite for the Grand Prix of Long Beach (Sunday, 3 p.m. ET on NBC and streaming on Peacock, the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com).

Herta’s line this week is +475, which is a significant increase from the +340 he showed prior to the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Herta finished fourth in that race, but won the last two road course races of 2021 including the Long Beach Grand Prix. He also won the 2021 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg to give him three road course wins on the season and tie him with Alex Palou.

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 Herta is $4.75. For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

MORE: NBC Sports Predictor, Grand Prix of Long Beach

Josef Newgarden is ranked second this week with a line of +750. Newgarden scored one road course victory last year at the Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course, but he finished second three times including Long Beach.

Ranked third this week, Palou was hit-or-miss for most of the 2021 road course season. His three wins and eight top-fives were countered by five results outside the top 10. He has recent momentum, however; his most recent road course win came at Portland International Raceway and it kicked off a current four-race streak of top-fives on this track type. Palou finished seventh on the Texas oval.

Three drivers opened this week with a line of +850.

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Scott Dixon earned seven top-fives last year with a best finish of second on the Nashville street course. He was eighth in the 2022 season opener at St. Petersburg.

Will Power earned just three road course top-fives last year, but one of these was a win on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Unfortunately, that victory stands out among four results of 14th or worse on either side. Power finished third earlier this year at St. Petersburg.

Patricio O’Ward rounds out the three drivers listed at 17/2. He had five road course top-fives last year that included a win at Belle Isle. He finished outside the top 10 in the season opener with a 12th-place result.

One PointsBet longshot of note this week is Jimmie Johnson. For most of 2021 and in the opening round this season, he was listed at the very bottom of the ranking with odds of 500/1. His top-10 finish on the Texas Motor Speedway oval contributed to a change in direction among the PointsBet traders and he is listed at 250/1 for the Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Previous Betting Lines

Round 1: St Petersburg: Colton Herta favored

Round 2: Texas: Scott Dixon favored

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

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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.