MotoGP 21: Argentine Grand Prix setup guide – Rio Hondo guide, settings & more
Termas is sadly off the calendar for this year, but Milestone let you experience the Argentinian circuit on 2 wheels.
Milestone have delivered yet again with a fantastic two-wheeled sim racer. To find out exactly why we can’t get enough of MotoGP 21, head over to our full review. If you’re new to the series, check out our beginner’s guide for more tips and tricks.
If you choose to go with the “full calendar” Termas de Rio Hondo will be your second port of call. The Argentine Grand Prix has been a popular re-addition to the calendar since it returned in 2014.
We’ll sorely miss seeing Mir, Marquez and co. in Argentina this year. However, thanks to Milestone, we can continue to experience Rio Hondo in the virtual world. This is our guide to the ideal setup in Argentina!
Tyre wear isn’t an issue in Argentina, so the middle of the road option is best for your rubber. The front tyre can struggle towards the end though, so maybe consider using a hard on the front axle.
Termas’ very long back straight and general high-speed nature means good straight-line speed is a necessity. You do, however, need good cornering ability to back it up through the medium and low-speed corners.
Front pre-load needs to be low at 2 to allow for more consistent steering around the long corners. Oil quality is best at 4, front spring hardness at 5, with the front swingarm compression at 8. Finally, for the front of the bike’s suspension, front swingarm extension is best around 6.
On the rear, values need to be generally high. The rear pre-load has to be around the maximum of 8, the swingarm connector ideal at the default of 4. Rear spring hardness should be 7, with shock absorber compression at 8 and extension at 6.
Steering head inclination has to be as low as possible at 0 to aid responsiveness. Trail also has to be low at 2, with the steering plate position at 3. Rear swingarm length is best at the default value of 4.
The gears have to be set at around default values, with the lower gear slightly lower than the standard. The exception is the top gear ratio, which needs to be high to avoid revving out down the back-straight. The slipper clutch needs to be on the high side at 6 to help turn-in.
Turn 5 is a massive braking zone, meaning you need the strongest brakes possible to be quick. You can try for lighter brakes, but overheating could be an issue, as the track temperature is usually over 40 degrees C in Argentina.
The electronic aids will come in handy in Argentina. Traction Control and the anti-wheelie assist need to be set at 3. Engine Braking has to be up at the maximum of 5 to help slow around the long corners.
Power mapping is best at 3 for a flying lap, but you’ll need to turn this around during some points in the race.
All of these can be adjusted out on track using the HUD in the bottom-right of the screen.