Greg Hancock was on fire in the first GP of last season which was here at New Zealand, for sale he went on to win four of his five heats, order finishing second in the other and then on to second in the semi-final before going on to win the final and amassing a tally of 22 points which gave him a four point lead after the first GP. Holder made a shocking start scoring just four points which just goes to show that a slow start is not a bad thing considering he went on to win the title.
This was a difficult start to last season considering that the New Zealand GP was only introduced in the same year which meant the guys did not have too much knowledge of the track, viagra how it races and which lines were the fastest so it was a level playing field although the experienced Hancock did not make it look that way but the majority have some experience of the track and I would expect it to be much tighter this year.
What we need to look at for this is which riders are the ones which usually make a good start to the GP series, Hancock won it last year but that was the first time since 2007 that he had made the final on the opening weekend of the series, Jason Crump was always a solid bet on the opening weekend to make the final but he is no longer featured.
For me there is one name which keeps appearing when looking at the finals for the first GP and that is the Dane Nicki Pedersen who was 3rd in the New Zealand GP last year and he has made 5 of the last 7 opening day finals and that includes 3 wins so he is a man he is usually thereabouts and also seems to make a solid start to the season. Jarek Hampel is another who has been good of late; he has made the last three opening day finals and has been runner up in two of those.
The bets which I shall be looking at for the New Zealand GP are outright winner and Top 3 finish and the two riders I have be playing are both Nicki Pedersen and Jarek Hampel, you can get 7.00 on Pedersen to win and 12.00 on Hampel to win. I thought about playing the top three finishes market but the odds are only being offered by Betfair and to play both riders would not result in much profit so we will stick with the outright winner.
Bets Outright (5pt Win)
Nicki Pedersen to win the New Zealand GP @ 6/1 (StanJames) (63% Of Stake)
Jarek Hampel to win the New Zealand GP @ 11/1 (Bet365) (37% Of Stake)
Dutching the two of the riders using a 5pt stake and the using the split of the stake as advised above will produce a profit of +17.11pts should either of them go on to win the GP.