Josef Newgarden favored by PointsBet at Portland by a slim margin


Josef Newgarden is the PointsBet Sportsbook favorite to win his first race at Portland International Raceway in Sunday’s Portland Grand Prix (3 p.m. ET, NBC). For more details on how to watch, click here.

In three previous starts on this track, Newgarden swept the top 10 and earned top-fives in his last two attempts. He is coming off a win last week in a race for which he was also favored and has six consecutive top-10s on road courses in 2022. Newgarden won at Road America. He shows a line of +380 prior to the weekend’s activities.

The two-time series champion will be serving a six-position grid penalty in Sunday’s race.

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 Newgarden is $3.80. For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Ranked second is Patricio O’Ward (+425) with a line that is only 45 points higher. O’Ward does not have the same momentum as Newgarden on this track type and has not earned a top-10 on a road course in his last five attempts. Three of these races ended deep in the pack outside the top 20. In his favor, O’Ward won at Barber Motorsports Park earlier this season when he posted at 10/1.

Scott Dixon and Scott McLaughlin each have +650 odds this week.

Dixon is the only perfect driver in regard to top-10 results on road courses this season. More importantly, he won two of the last three races on this track type at Exhibition Place in Toronto and on the Streets of Nashville. His last effort on a permanent road course was eighth on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

McLaughlin has top-10s in his last five road course starts, including a win at the Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course and a second-place finish in the most recent event at Nashville.

Rounding out the top five this week is Alex Palou at +700. He was one of the fiercest competitors on road courses entering the first Indy road course race earlier this year. Beginning with his victory in last year’s Portland race, he logged with six consecutive top-fives. Since then, he has only two such finishes with a second at Mid-Ohio and a third last week in Nashville as the highlights.

The 2019 winner in Portland, Will Power is just outside the top five with the sixth-lowest line of +725. Power’s win that year is his only top-10 in three starts on this track.

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
Indy GMR Grand Prix: Herta continue to be road racing favorite
Indy 500: 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
Indy Gallagher Grand Prix: Pato O’Ward, Felix Rosenqvist lead tight field
Streets of Nashville: Newgarden narrowly edges Palou
Gateway: Newgarden remains the favored son

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2023 MotoGP schedule announced, highlighted by trips to India and Kazakhstan

2023 MotoGP schedule
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A new opening venue and the addition of two Grands Prix in India and Kazakhstan will highlight the 2023 MotoGP schedule.

The 2023 MotoGP season will kick off March 24th with the opening round in Portugal instead of the typical trip to Qatar. Work on the Losail International Circuit pushed their date back to the penultimate weekend after the series finishes a series of races around the Pacific Rim.

Following Portugal, MotoGP heads to Argentina and the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas for their only visit to the United States before heading back to Europe for most of the next 10 rounds.

Interrupting the long European stint will be the series’ first visit to the Sokol International Circuit in Kazakhstan on July 7, 2023. The traditional summer break will be three weeks and then MotoGP heads to England for the British GP in August.

After three more European rounds at Austria, Catalunya and San Marino, the second new date on the calendar will come on the 16-turn, Buddh International Circuit for a September 24 race date. Both the India and Kazakhstan races are subject to homologation and approval by the circuit.

The next six races will be held in Asia and Oceania before Qatar and Valencia close out the schedule.

“We’re very proud to announce that Buddh International Circuit will be on the 2023 calendar,” said Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna, which manages the series. “We have a lot of fans in India and we’re excited to be able to bring the sport to them.

“India is also a key market for the motorcycle industry and therefore, by extension, for MotoGP as the pinnacle of the two-wheeled world. We very much look forward to racing at Buddh International Circuit and can’t wait to welcome the fans through the gates to see this incredible sport in person.”

One of two new races announced for 2022, in Finland, did not materialize this season and has not been added to the 2023 MotoGP schedule. In addition, the Aragon GP has been removed to keep the rounds at 21.

2023 Provisional Schedule

Portugal GP, Algarve, March 26
Argentina GP, Termas de Río Hondo, April 2
American GP, Circuit of the Americas, April 16
Spanish GP, Jerez, April 30
French GP, Le Mans, May 14
Italian GP, Mugello, June 11
German GP, Sachsenring, June 18
Dutch GP, Assen, June 25
Kazakhstan GP, Sokol, July 9 *
British GP, Silverstone, August 6
Austrian GP, Red Bull Ring, August 20
Catalan GP, Catalunya, September 3
San Marino GP, Misano, September 10
Indian GP, Buddh, September 24 *
Japanese GP, Motegi, October 1
Indonesia GP, Mandalika Street Circuit, October 15
Australian GP, Philip Island, October 22
Thailand GP, Chang International Circuit, October 29
Malaysian GP, Sepang, November 12
Qatar GP, Losail International Circuit, November 19
Valencia GP, Ricardo Tormo, November 26

* subject to approval