The Motor Racing Game

April 4, 2016

2016 Week 12

Filed under: Uncategorized — iomracer @ 3:02 am

Welcome to week 12 – two races this weekend. MotoGP comes to the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas; and NASCAR is also in Texas, but at the Motor Speedway in the Dallas area. Please make your picks at:

Scores from week 11:
F1 Bahrain, MotoGP Argentina, NASCAR Martinsville, Indycar Phoenix


Nico Rosberg made it two wins in a row when he crossed the finish line first at the F1 race in Bahrain. Pole setter Lewis Hamilton didn’t have a good start, and things immediately went from bad to worse when Valtteri Botas rammed into him in turn one, demoting him to ninth. It took the rest of the race for Hamilton to get back to third, finishing behind Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen. Raikkonen’s Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel didn’t even get a chance to start when his engine failed on the formation lap. has him listed four places behind final race finisher, 17th place Rio Haryanto, which for TMRG purposes puts Vettel in 21st.

The Moto GP race in Argentina was frankly a bit of a debacle. First the Michelin rear tires were deemed unsafe, forcing the teams to use a hard compound tire substitute for which they didn’t know the bike set up. Also because of this, there was a mandatory pit stop half way through the race. At that time the lead was looking like a good battle between Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi, but when the two of them came out of the pits, a back-marker who hadn’t yet come in, got between them, causing a gap to open which Rossi then couldn’t close. While that seemed like bad luck for Rossi, he got some extraordinary good luck at the final corner of the race. Both Ducatis of Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone managed to catch and get around Rossi in the closing laps, but then Iannone got too greedy at the last corner, wanting second place, and took out both Ducatis, gifting Rossi second place, and Daniel Pedrosa third. Jorge Lorenzo wasn’t competitive in the race, and ended up crashing while sixth.

NASCAR was at the short track in Martinsville, and it was dominated by Kyle Busch who led the most laps and took victory after the final restart, with A.J. Allmendinger taking a surprising second place, ahead of Kyle Larsen.

Indycar was at the flat oval in Pheonix, Arizona. Penske had two of their drivers on the podium just like in the season opener, but this time that did not include the top step. The win went to Scott Dixon in the Ganassi car, ahead of Simon Pagenaud and Will Power. Two other Penskes had the lead during the race, but both Juan-Pablo Montoya and Helio Castroneves suffered tire failures which left them in 9th and 11th place respectively at the end.


Congratulations to Sebastian and his seventh outright win of the year. Even discounting Dovizioso’s crash in Moto GP at the last corner while second, Sebastian’s pick of Dixon over Iomracer’s Pagenaud in Indycar, was enough for the victory. No changes in the season standings…



1 Comment »

  1. Vettel as a DNS scores zero.

    Comment by Sebastian X — April 4, 2016 @ 11:36 am

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