Pato O’Ward, Felix Rosenqvist favored by PointsBet at Indianapolis in tightly-grouped field

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Felix Rosenqvist and Pato O’Ward are the PointsBet Sportsbook favorites for Saturday’s Gallagher Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (noon ET on NBC). For more details on how to watch , click here.

Rosenqvist earned his third career pole with a speed of 125.03 m.p.h. and charged to the top of the betting charts as well. He is listed at +360.

To pay off at that line, he will need to earn his second top-five on this track. Rosenqvist’s best finish on the Indy road course was fifth in the 2020 Indy Harvest GP. In 2019, he won the pole for this race while driving for Chip Ganassi before finishing eighth.

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 Rosenqvist is $3.60. For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Also at +360, O’Ward also has a best finish of fifth on this track, but he has earned that twice in seven starts. One of these came in last year’s edition of this race after he led the field to green. O’Ward qualified third for Saturday’s race.

Alexander Rossi and Josef Newgarden each have lines of +450 in a tightly grouped top-five, suggesting that PointsBet’s traders believe this will be a wide-open affair.

Rossi has two podium finishes and four top-fives in 10 starts. His best effort of second came in the 2020 Harvest GP when he was more than 14 seconds behind Newgarden at the checkers.

Newgarden would most likely continue his streak of favored lines this week if not for an accident suffered at the end of last week’s race in Iowa. Newgarden was cleared to practice mid-week and after undergoing another evaluation, he was approved for all activity, but the disruption to his schedule is worth a few points to the betting line. Newgarden’s 2020 win is one of only three top-fives on this track.

Will Power rounds out the top five with a line of +540. He began the season with five consecutive top-fives on road courses that ended with a victory at Belle Isle. He has finished 15th or worse in two of the last three road course races. Power has five wins on this track, however, with the most recent coming in this race last year. He was third in the GMR Grand Prix this May behind Colton Herta (+1000).

Previous Betting Lines

St Petersburg: Colton Herta tops the list
Texas: Scott Dixon favored
Long Beach: Herta favored for second street race
Barber: Herta still favored, but line gets longer
GMR Grand Prix: Herta continue to be road racing favorite
Indy 500: Scott Dixon favored; Jimmie Johnson solid dark horse
Road America: Alex Palou is slightly favored
Mid-Ohio: Josef Newgarden tops the list
Toronto: Newgarden narrowly favored in tight field
Iowa: Newgarden still favored as he stretches betting line lead

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Ken Roczen signs with HEP Progressive Ecstar Suzuki for 2023

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ANAHEIM, California – Ken Roczen will make the move from HRC Honda to H.E.P. Motorsports with the Progressive Ecstar Suzuki team, ending a long and eventful offseason that saw his split from his longstanding team after he committed to running World Supercross (WSX).

“H.E.P. Motorsports is thrilled to announce that the team has signed Ken Roczen as its premier rider for the 2023 season,” the team announced on Instagram. “Former AMA Motocross champion Roczen will be aboard a Suzuki RM-Z450. Roczen, who won his most recent championship on a Suzuki, will be reunited with the brand and bring his exciting style, determination, and grit back to the RM Army.

“Ken Roczen will compete in the upcoming 2023 Supercross and Motocross Championship series which is set to start on January 7 at Anaheim Stadium in Southern California.”

For Roczen, it is a return to the bike of his youth and on which he had some of his greatest professional success.

“This thing has been going on for weeks and weeks and weeks in the making, but there was so much uncertainty,” Roczen told NBC Sports during Monster Energy Supercross Media Sessions. “It was a very unique situation. I just finally signed two nights ago, so it’s really only legit once the ink hits the paper. It’s been in the works for a long time, but there were just a lot of questions and a lot of input from a lot of other teams too.

“Good things take time, and I’m okay with that. I grew up riding Suzuki. Ot’s like a homecoming. It’s a special feeling”

Roczen won the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship on a Suzuki before making the move to Honda. That year he won nine of 12 Nationals and finished no worse than second as he easily outpaced Eli Tomac by 86 points. He finished third in his next Pro Motocross outing in 2018 after sitting out the outdoor season in 2017.

“I am beyond excited to reconnect with Suzuki for the 3rd time in my career. We’ve had a lot of success in the past and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together in our future.” Roczen said in the Instagram post.