Max Verstappen is heavy PointsBet favorite for 2022 Belgium Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen is riding a two-race winning streak and is a heavy PointsBet Sportsbook odds favorite to win the 2022 Belgium Grand Prix at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium. Verstappen has -112 odds this week.

Verstappen is the defending winner of this race, but last year’s edition was marred by rain and the field completed just one lap before the event was called and awarded half points, drawing heavy criticism from the international community.

With minus odds, the way to determine a payout is by subtraction. In order for a bettor to earn $100, he must wager $112; with that wager, he will get back his $112 wager and winnings of $100.

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

Charles Leclerc is about 500 points behind Verstappen with a line of +450. Leclerc has two wins on the season, in Australia in Round 2 and three weeks ago in the Austrian GP. He has not cracked the top five in the last two races, however, with a best result of sixth in the most recent race in Hungary.

Lewis Hamilton is ranked third at +525. Mercedes has struggled for most of the season, but Hamilton has come on strong in the past five rounds with third-place finishes in Canada, England, and Austria, plus second-place finishes in France and Hungary. This could be the weekend he snaps out of his slump because he has been on the podium in Belgium in every race since 2015 with a recent win in 2020.

Carlos Sainz, Jr. is ranked fourth at +775. He finished 10th in this race last year, which was attributed to his qualification effort. That matched his previous best of 10th in 2017 and does not bode well for this week’s odds.

George Russell rounds out the top 10 with a line of +1000. Russell has finished in the top five in all but one race this season, but he has yet to win.

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Supercross: Haiden Deegan debuts in 250s at Houston, Justin Cooper graduates to 450 class for Star Yamaha

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Rising star Haiden Deegan will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut in Houston, Texas with Yamaha Star Racing while the 2021 250 West champion Justin Cooper graduates to 450s.

Deegan, the son of motocross and off-road legend Brian Deegan and brother of NASCAR Truck Series driver Hailie Deegan, made two starts in the Pro Motocross outdoors season last year. He finished 31st overall at the Ironman Nationals in Crawfordsville, Indiana and was 13th at Fox Raceway in the season-ender at Fox Raceway in Pala, California, but the overall results did not necessarily reflect how well he ran. In both events, he challenged for top-10s during portions of the week and actually finished 10th in one of the Pala motos.

Last week, Haiden finished fifth in the Supercross 250 Futures in Anaheim 2.

“We’re really excited to get the season on the East Coast started,” said Monster Energy Team Manager Jensen Hendler in a press release. “It’s also exciting to have Haiden move up to join our pro program this season and to have Justin make his debut on the 450. The guys have been working hard and are looking forward to seeing what they can do this weekend in Houston.”

After scoring a 250SX Futures podium, Talon Hawkins gets 250 East ride.

Deegan will join Nate Thrasher and Jordon Smith in the 250 East division this week.

Cooper moves into the 450 class this weekend. According to Supercross rules, after winning the 2021 championship, he had one season to defend his title and then would be required to move up a class. Cooper missed all of last year to injury.

Cooper was healthy when the outdoor season started and he earned five podiums and nine top-fives in 12 rounds. Three of these races ended in runners-up finishes, at Hangtown, in Rancho Cordova, California, Washougal, Washington and Unadilla, New York.

Cooper joins Eli Tomac and Dylan Ferrandis in the 450 class and will race select events.

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Cooper’s Houston attempt will be the first of an undisclosed number of races he will compete in during the 2023 season.

“It’s been about two years since I’ve lined up for a supercross, and now it’s in a new class with the best guys, so I’m excited to just get out there,” Cooper said. “I’m looking to get back under the lights and learn what I can. Overall, I’m just really excited to be in the position to be out there, so I’m going to make the most of it and enjoy it!”

Deegan and Cooper will be part of a seven-rider Supercross lineup for Yamaha Star Racing. Nick Romano will debut in the 250 East division later this year.