Shane McElrath joins Muc-Off Yamaha for final four rounds of 2022 Pro Motocross season

McElrath Muc-Off Yamaha
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After racing the first eight rounds of the 2022 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season as a fill-in rider for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna, Shane McElrath will close out the season with the Muc-Off Yamaha team in the final four rounds.

“I’m going to be finishing out outdoors, Lord willing,” McElrath said in a video posted by Vurbmoto. “I want to finish the season. It’s my first 450 outdoor and I’m really excited about this opportunity.”

McElrath debuted this year with a 10th-place finish at Fox Raceway on the strength of an 11th-place finish in Moto 1 and a seventh in Moto 2. Since then, consistent finishes of 14th or better in each overall and a total of four top-10s has placed him 10th in the standings, 27 points ahead of 11th-place Garrett Marchbanks and within striking distance of Joey Savatgy.

He has a best overall finish of eighth at Thunder Valley and fifth in that round’s second moto.

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McElrath will fill-in for Phil Nicoletti, who was scheduled to return to the series after rehabbing from a broken arm suffered in the Monster Energy Supercross Series. Unfortunately, while training for his return, he suffered another fall and broke his arm again.

“My original plan was to purchase a couple of bikes and go the privateer route,” McElrath said in a press release. “I did not foresee anyone else needing me for only four races.

“I had the support to do the last four rounds on my own and was one flight away from having all the pieces put in place. As the Lord would have it, I was talking to Brandon [Haas] on a different topic when he was notified that Nicoletti was not able to line up for the balance of the season, recovering from a broken arm. One thing led to another, and he offered me the spot.”

McElrath has been looking for a permanent ride after his Supercross team folded at the end of the 2022 season. He finished 18th in the 450 SX division with a best finish of seventh at Detroit in March.

Max Verstappen is PointsBet favorite to score sixth staight in 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen is the PointsBet Sportsbook odds favorite to win the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay Street course to stretch his current win streak to six consecutive. He shows odds of -200 this week.

Formula 1 did not compete in Singapore in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Verstappen has podium finishes in his last two attempts on this track. he was second in 2018 and third in 2019. In the first 15 races of this season, he has failed to stand on the podium only twice and has an average finish of 2.73.

With minus odds, the way to determine a payout is by subtraction. In order for a bettor to earn $100, he must wager $200 this week; with that wager, he will get back his initial stake and winnings of $100.

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

Charles Leclerc is ranked second this week with +400 odds. He has two previous Singapore GP starts to his credit with a best of second in 2019. He is coming off back-to-back podium finishes with a third in the Dutch GP and a second at Monza.

Ranked third is Carlos Sainz, Jr. with a line of +1100. He has top-five finishes in four of his last five starts, but only one of these, a third in the Belgian GP, was on the podium. Sainz is one of four winners other than Verstappen this season. His victory came in the British GP.

Lewis Hamilton shows a line of +1200. His last win came last fall in the Saudi Arabian GP and the Mercedes team has struggled to contend for victory in 2022. They are improving, however, with eight top-fives in the last nine races. Hamilton has two wins in his last three Singapore starts, which came in 2017 and 2018.

Rounding out the top five is Hamilton’s teammate George Russell at +1800. He has not won, but has shown remarkable consistency with top-fives in all but one race. Notably, his only bad finish came in his home GP in England. Russell has one previous start at Marina Bay; he finished last in the 2019 race. He finished fourth in 2019 as part of a four-race streak of top-fives.

The most recent Singapore GP winner from 2019, Sebastian Vettel is a longshot at +50000.

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