MotoGP 2018 Betting

Attention! Actual odds referenced are correct at time of publishing at 8:52 am March 28, 2018 and are subject to change.

Motorsport fans have plenty to enjoy at this time of the year with the new F1 season underway and a host of other events such as Formula E and IndyCar already up and running. Moving across to two wheels we have also started the 2018 MotoGp campaign and after the Qatar Grand Prix, it’s a good time to look at the outright betting.

Italy’s Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso took the chequered flag in Qatar but who is in pole position at the top of the market ahead of the next GP which goes off in Argentina?

Out in Front

Marc Marquez

Favourite to win the MotoGP Riders’ Championship for 2018 is Marc Marquez who is available at best odds of 3/4 with Unibet. Marquez is the dominant man in the sport right now and our reigning champion ahead of the 2018 season. Not only did he take the title in 2017, the Spaniard is a four time world champion and clearly remains the man to beat.

He may not have won in Qatar but Marquez got off to a respectable start with a second placed finish and the points system means that he is just five behind the leader ahead of the next race in Argentina.

Meanwhile, our winner in Qatar, Andrea Dovizioso, is second favourite right now at a top price of 3/1 with Black Type and 188Bet. After a relatively modest career, the Italian Ducati driver mounted first real challenge at this level, coming second to Marquez in 2017.

With six Grand Prix wins last season, there will be some interest at that price but can Dovizioso really go one better this time around?

Chasing Riders

In third place, both in terms of the betting and in regards to the riders’ champions is the best driver of the modern era and perhaps the most famous of all time. Valentino Rossi finished behind Dovizioso and Marquez in Qatar and can now be picked up at best odds of 10/1 with Unibet for the 2018 title.

Rossi now rides for Yamaha and is a seven time world champion but the last of those victories came in 2009. Can he turn back time and make it eight titles? A fifth placed finish last season suggests not but he is as short as 7/1 with other outlets so clearly the bookmakers haven’t ruled him out.

Outside Options

Johann Zarco

Behind Rossi the market starts to open up and we have two men listed at the same top price of 14/1. Maverick Vinales can be picked up at that figure with MarathonBet while Jorge Lorenzo is on offer at that same 14/1 with Betway and 188Bet. Neither man particularly impressed in Qatar but Lorenzo, who retired in that race, is the only man to have broken Marquez’s string of titles since 2013.

As the 2015 World Champion, Ducati’s Lorenzo will attract some interest at that 14/1 price and there will also be some focus on Johann Zarco at a best of 20/1 with Unibet and Black Type. Zarco took pole position ahead of the Qatar Grand Prix and although he finished that race in eighth position, that impressive performance in qualifying could lead to a productive campaign for the Frenchman who rides for Yamaha.

Other riders to watch might include Cal Crutchlow and Danilo Petrucci who finished that race in Qatar in fourth and fifth place respectively. Britain’s Crutchlow is available at 50/1 with Unibet while Petrucci, who is at 33/1 in some places, is way out at a best of 125/1 with Unibet again. Those prices look interesting but are quite out of step with the rest of the market so they may not be around for long.

Other Betting Options

At present, in terms of long term options, there is only the outright winner market available for this year’s MotoGP season but for each Grand Prix there will be greater choice. The race winner market will be a busy one and then a smaller set of side bets will be available including Podium Finish and, potentially, additional punts for fastest lap and pole position.

The second race of the season takes place in Argentina on April 8 and then we have 19 Grand Prix in total, the last of which will be run in Valencia on November 18. It’s therefore going to be a long and gruelling campaign for the competitors involved but who will come out on top?

Verdict

Following that first race of 2018, there is the suggestion that Marc Marquez won’t have it all his own way this season but it should be remembered that the current World Champion also started slowly 12 months ago. Marquez’s compatriot Maverick Vinales took the first two GP of the 2017 campaign and the eventual title winner didn’t really start to dominate until the second half of the schedule.

The expectation is for the same to happen again and Marquez’s second place in Qatar hints at another productive campaign for the four-time champion. An each way punt on the winner of that race, Andrea Dovizioso, could make sense at that 3/1 price but while this is another tip that may seem obvious, how can we look past Marquez? There is a very long way to go but at this early stage of the competition, there has been nothing to suggest that the Honda rider won’t be adding a fifth title in 2018.

Best Bets for MotoGP 2018

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