Max Verstappen favored in PointsBet odds for 2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

PointsBet 2022 Azerbaijan odds
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With four wins in the first seven races in the Formula 1 season, Max Verstappen is this week’s PointsBet Sportsbook odds favorite to win the 2022 Azerbaijan Grand Prix by 65 points over Charles Leclerc. Verstappen’s is listed at +120, down from his opening line of +140.

Last week was the first time in 2022 Verstappen was running at the end of a race and did not win it after starting fourth on the tight Monaco Grand Prix circuit and finishing third. He finished one position ahead of Leclerc and extended his Driver’s Points lead to nine as the two finished within one position of one another in Monte Carlo.

For all his success elsewhere, Azerbaijan has not been kind to Verstappen with no podiums and just one top-five to his credit. Three of his other four results were outside the top 15.

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 $1.20 for the race. For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Azerbaijan has been slightly better for Leclerc. While he also does not have a podium finish on that circuit, his worst result was sixth in his first attempt in 2018. Last year he earned his second consecutive pole on the heels of Monte Carlo and finished fourth in the race. This week Leclerc is listed a +185 for the outright win.

Ranked third is last week’s Monaco GP winner, Sergio Perez at +625. In addition to last week’s victory, Perez is the defending winner of the 2021 Azerbaijan GP after starting the race sixth. In five starts on this track, Perez has three podium finishes.

Leclerc’s Ferrari teammate, Carlos Sainz Jr. is ranked fourth with a line of +850. Sainz was the runner-up last week and he pressed Perez hard in the closing laps before crossing under the checkers 1.15 seconds back. Sainz enters this race with a four-race, top-10 streak in Azerbaijan. His best finish of fifth came in 2018.

With a line of +2500, George Russell rounds out the top five this week, landing him ahead of his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. Russell was fifth last week in Monaco, but a gearbox issue kept him from finishing the 2021 race in Baku. In his only other start on this track, he finished two laps off the pace in 15th.

Hamilton sits just outside the top five with a line of +3000. So far in 2022, Hamilton has scored only one podium finish, which came in the season opener in Bahrain. Hamilton is the 2018 winner of this race and he finished second the following season. In 2021, he was 15th – the first time in five races that he failed to crack the top five.

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Motocross: Chase Sexton to miss Hangtown after midweek practice crash

Sexton Hangtown practice crash
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Chase Sexton announced on Instagram he will sit out this weekend’s Pro Motocross race at Hangtown in Rancho Cordova, California after a practice crash on Tuesday left him with a concussion.

Sexton’s crash on Tuesday happened during a test session at Fox Raceway.

“Bummed to make this post but I’ll be sitting out this weekend,” Sexton said. “As you guys saw I had a big one during qualifying at Pala, then another one on Tuesday this week that banged me up pretty good. Nothing broken just need a few days to get back to 100%.”

Despite his crash in the first qualification session in Pala, California, Sexton mounted up for both motos and finished second in each race behind his teammate Jett Lawrence, who was making his Motocross debut and won with a pair of first-place finishes. Sexton padded his SuperMotocross points’ lead over the injured Eli Tomac, who is still second in the combined Supercross and Motocross standings despite missing the SX finale at Salt Lake City and the outdoor opener with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Sexton has an advantage of 78 points over Cooper Webb and cannot give up his SMX lead by missing this round.

At stake, however, is the risk of losing ground to Lawrence in the Pro Motocross championship. Sexton currently trails his teammate by six points and is liable to lose significant ground this weekend.

In addition to his concussion, Sexton has also been diagnosed with mononucleosis and the combination of the two conditions caused the team to make the difficult decision to keep him out of the lineup at Hangtown.

“I’m super-bummed to miss this weekend’s race,” Sexton said in a press release. “I feel like I rode well at Pala, and I was really looking forward to Hangtown because it’s a good track for me. Unfortunately, I was already pretty banged up from my qualifying crash on Saturday, and now with mono and Tuesday’s concussion on top of it, I want to do the right thing and hopefully be back on the track soon.”

A return date for Sexton has not yet been announced.

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