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Argentina's Termas de Rio Hondo hosts the only South American round of the MotoGP season. Termas' long and winding bends make it a joy to ride around, but a nightmare to perfect the setup around.
If you're struggling, though, don't worry, we've got the guide you need right here!
Good grip is rewarded with serious lap time gains around Termas. The problem with going softs though, is that they run out of life quickly as well.
Softer tyres mean that they'll overheat going through the long corners here in Argentina. That's why we recommend going with medium tyres on both the front and rear axles.
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Mediums last the distance while providing good enough grip to be competitive. Hards will easily last the distance too, but you'll struggle to keep temperature, particularly with the rear wheel.
With a long, 200+ mph backstraight, you'd be forgiven for thinking that your bike needs to be setup for straight-line speed. However, the first and final sectors need a responsive ride to have a quick lap time.
Your preloads for suspension need to be turned up almost to the maximum for both front and rear. 9 on the front and 10 on the rear gives you the best possible turn-in for the long bends.
Your fork values have to be high too. 7 for the rebound is the least you need, while compression has to be cranked all the way up to 10.
This will make the springs have little to no damping, which makes for more responsive cornering.
Shock absorbers need to be high too. A rebound value of 6 and 9 compression is optimum. The kerbs aren't harsh in Argentina, but running wide will end up with you mowing the lawn due to the low grip.
Finally, the springs have to be hard to aid precision. Softer springs make for a smoother ride, but you'll understeer off the road if you aren't pushing the limits here. 6 on the front and 9 on the rear works best for us.
The steering adjustment must be on the low side to be quick around Termas. The steering head inclination needs to be down at the minimum value of 0.
This does make the bike more unstable, but you need this to avoid understeer.
Likewise, the trail is best down at 3. If you're feeling brave, you can go lower, but the likelihood of you being thrown off the bike goes significantly up.
Surprisingly, your gear ratios don't have to be changed much from the defaults. Gears 1-3 should be set at 6, with top gear at 7 for the long backstraight.
Aside from that, all of the other gears are set at default (5). You can change these values to suit your driving style, though. For example, lower them for better acceleration out of the corners if you're shifting up too early.
The standard values of 340 mm on the front and 220 mm of brakes on the rear shouldn't be lowered for Argentina.
Smaller brakes than this would elongate the already long braking zone going into Turn 5. This could also lead to overheating of the brakes too.
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As this is a modern circuit, you need to utilise all of the electronics at your disposal to make it round in one piece.
Traction Control has should be at 3. There aren't many big traction zones here, but you'll often be accelerating while steering and need that extra support. You could go lower, but if you're not gentle, it could end badly.
Engine braking needs to be turned up to the max value of 4. This is to help lose speed through the long and slowly tightening corners in the final sector.
Anti-wheelie aid should be around 3, as the front axle loves to aim towards the sky. If you can handle it, you can go down to 2, but you will be having to deal with wheelies going onto the pit straight.
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Power should be up to 2 for the straights in the race and qualifying.
All of the ECU settings can be adjusted on-track and during the race, so feel free to alter these as your race progresses.
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