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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Beta Motorcycles joins SuperMotocross in 2024, Benny Bloss named first factory rider

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Benny Bloss will race for the factory Beta Motorcycles team in 2024 as that manufacturer joins SuperMotocross as the ninth brand to compete in the series. Beta Motorcycles will make their debut in the Monster Energy Supercross opener at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California in January.

Benny Bloss finished among the top 10 twice in Pro Motocross, in 2016 and 2018. – Beta Motorcycles

“The wait is over and we can finally share everything we have been working towards,” said Carlen Gardner, Race Team Manager in a press release. “It has been a great experience being a part of this development and seeing the progression. The only missing part was finding a rider that would mesh well with our Beta Family.

“After a one phone call with Benny, we knew it would be a good fit for him, and for us. We are happy to have him on board for the next two years and can’t wait to see everyone at Anaheim in January.”

Bloss debuted in the 450 class in 2015 with a 15th-place finish overall at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Bloss has a pair of top-10 rankings in the division with a sixth-place finish in the Pro Motocross Championship in 2016 and a seventh in 2018. His best Supercross season ended 15th in the standings in 2018.

“I’m extremely excited to join the Beta Factory Racing team,” Bloss said. “It’s cool to see a brand with such a rich history in off-road racing to come into the US Supercross and Motocross space. I know this team will be capable of great things as we build and go racing in 2024.”

Bloss is currently 22nd in the SuperMotocross rankings and has not raced in the first two rounds of the Motocross season.

Testing for Beta Motorcycles is scheduled to begin in August and the team expects to announce a second rider at that time.

The family-owned brand adds to the international flare of the sport. The company was founded in Florence, Italy in 1905 as Società Giuseppe Bianchi as they built handmade bicycles, The transition to motorcycle production in the late 1940s.

Beta Motorcycles competed and won in motocross competition in the late 1970s and early 1980s with Jim Pomeroy and other riders.

Beta will join Triumph Motorcycles as a second historic brand to join the sport in 2024. First established in 1902, Triumph has won in nearly every division they have competed in, dating back to their first victory in the 1908 Isle of Man TT. Triumph will debut in the 250 class in 2024 and plans to expand into 450s in 2025.