Colton Herta is PointsBet favorite for GMR Grand Prix

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For a third consecutive race, Colton Herta is the PointsBet Sportsbook favorite for the GMR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course (Sunday, 3 p.m. ET on NBC and streaming on Peacock, the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com). Practice begins Friday 9:30 a.m. on the Peacock Premium. For a full schedule of events , click here.

Herta is favored despite finishing 22nd at Long Beach and 12th at Barber Motorsports Park, but his line is marginally longer this week at +560. He was +550 ahead of the Barber race and +475 before Long Beach. Herta has been solid on the Indy road course with three top-fives in his last four races there. His best finish was a second-place run in the second half of 2020’s doubleheader.

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 $5.60. For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

The winner of two of the last three IndyCar races, Josef Newgarden is posted at +600 – the same line he had prior to Barber before finishing 14th. Newgarden won Race 1 on the Indy road course in 2020 and scored back-to-back fourth-place finishes there in his next two starts. He was eighth in the most recent race on this track. Prior to this string of four consecutive top-10s, he failed to finish that well in six starts.

The driver with the longest active streak of top-10s, Alex Palou is ranked third with a line of +650. His streak of six consecutive results seventh or better dates back to his 2021 win at Portland International Raceway and includes five podiums.

Last week’s winner, Patricio O’Ward is ranked fourth at +675. His Barber win comes on the heels of a fifth-place finish at Long Beach. His last two seasons on the Indy road course have produced a mixed bag of results with a pair of top-fives and two results of 15th or worse.

Scott Dixon rounds out the top five with a line of +775. Along with Palou and Will Power, he is one of three drivers who swept the top 10 this year with best results of fifth on the Texas Motor Speedway oval and sixth last week at Barber.

Power is ranked just outside the top five this week at +850 despite being the most recent winner on this track last August. He also has four wins previously (2015, 2017, 2018, and 2020). All five of his wins came from the front row, which will be a critical indicator this week.

Previous Betting Lines

Round 1: St Petersburg: Colton Herta favored

Round 2: Texas: Scott Dixon favored

Round 3: Long Beach: Herta favored for second street race

Round 4: Barber: Herta still favored, but line gets longer

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

MotoGP Thai Grand Prix
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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.