The Netherlands' Assen TT Circuit is one of the most difficult on the MotoGP calendar. It's extremely narrow throughout its lap, which amplifies any mistakes that you make.
All of these factors make the setup of your bike even more important than normal. Here's our recommendations for your ride in Holland.
Your tyre choice in the Netherlands really does depend on your driving style. In general, though, we recommend soft rubber on the front axle and a medium on the rear.
This allows you to push relatively hard throughout the race while having good grip throughout. If your front struggles towards the end, opt for a medium instead.
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You could also go for the hards on the rear axle. However, you will rarely run out of grip there, as there aren't many big traction zones in Assen.
Your preloads for suspension need to be tuned all the way down to 0 on both the front and the rear of the bike.
This will aid the overall grip of the bike and make it lean less. You don't want a bike that leans a lot in Assen, as this will end with you flying over the handlebars in the slower corners.
Conversely, the fork settings are on the high side. 7 for the rebound and compression is the minimum required.
This will make the springs have a small amount of damping, which makes for more responsive cornering. You can go higher for these settings if you wish, although it will make the bike more unstable.
Shock absorbers need to be high too. A rebound and compression value of 8. You'll need to use the kerbs here, but you've got to be careful, as the grass and gravel is waiting to swallow you up.
Finally, the springs should be around middle of the road for hardness. You could go lower than 5 on the front or rear, but it will make the bike less stable and more prone to throw you off.
Like many circuits, your steering adjustment must be set on the low side for Assen. You can't go as extreme as most tracks though, as you'll struggle to stay on your ride if you do this.
The steering head inclination should be configured to 5, with the trail at 3. This will make the ride responsive, which will help turn-in, but also make sure the stability is still there.
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.
The gear ratios must be set to slowly increase as you go up the gears. The exception to this rule is first gear, which must be set to as low as possible to aid acceleration out of corners like Turns 1 and 11.
The standard values of 340 mm on the front and 220 mm of brakes on the rear shouldn't be altered for Assen.
You will need that stopping power into the big braking zones of Turns 1 and 11. Greater stopping power can also help prevent overheating around a circuit where you'll be using the brakes a lot.
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Assen is an old-school circuit and one you'll need to use all the benefits of modern technology to be fast around.
Traction Control has should be at 3. There aren't too many big traction zones here, but you'll often be accelerating while steering at a few points around the lap.
You can go down to 2 for the TC, but this could make you oversteer wide.
Engine braking needs to be set to 3 as well. This is to help lose speed through the long and slowly tightening corners in the middle and final sectors.
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Anti-wheelie aid should be around 2, your bike doesn't try and fly up in the air as often as some tracks. This is thanks to the flat nature of Assen. You can even go down to 1 if you fancy it.
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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