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Setups are key to being fast around a track, especially when you're starting off in MotoGP. You can be the fastest rider around, but if your bike has the wrong setup, you'll be slower than the AI.
Here's the setup you need for the French GP to master Le Mans!
Le Mans isn't a tough circuit on tyres, but you won't be able to go soft and reach the end of the race. To allow you to push, we recommend mediums on both the front and rear axles.
The hards shouldn't be in your thoughts, they don't give enough grip to keep up with the leaders. The hards also don't keep the temperature well, particularly the fronts down the start/finish straight
Le Mans has two long straights, but the majority of the circuit is made up of tight corners. Therefore, your suspension setup has to be more conservative than normal.
High preload values of 8 on both the front and rear are what you need, as this will help alleviate understeer through the tight bends.
Your fork values need to be high as well, around 7 for the front axle and 8 on the rear. This will aid overall stability. Shock absorbers should be 6 for the front and 7 on the rear, as the kerbs are harsh around here.
The springs need to be hard for steering precision though, we went with 8, 7 on the front and rear.
Your suspension is set up to be responsive and your steering adjustment also needs to be responsive to be fast around Le Mans.
The head inclination and trail need to be fairly low at about 4 for both front and rear. This aids with the high-speed direction changes required for some of the sharper corners and chicanes of the infield sections.
Your gear ratios have to be set fairly high for Le Mans due to the long start/ finish straight.
The exception to this is sixth gear, which has to be as low as possible to aid acceleration down the shorter straights between corners.
You can go with lower gear ratios for gears one through four, but this will hurt you on the start/finish straight. Although, it will make your acceleration better in the infield.
Aside from Turn 2, there aren't any big braking zones at Le Mans, and you can't get up to 200mph (320kph) here. Your braking system shouldn't deviate from the defaults of 340mm and 220mm.
If you go for bigger brakes, you add weight to the bike. Smaller brakes will struggle to go the distance while being as consistent as you need.
There are quite a few important traction zones at Le Mans, so your traction control should be set high. Engine braking should also be cranked up, this especially helps to avoid using the brakes through the Turn 1 kink.
Anti-wheelie has to be turned all the way up too, the elevation changes make the front wheel want to fly up in the air.
Be sure to turn your power up to 2 for the straights and whenever you've got excess fuel in the tank. These can all be adjusted out on track and during the race though, so feel free to alter these as your race progresses.
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