MotoGP 21: British Grand Prix Setup guide – Silverstone guide, suspension & more
The UK’s incredible high-speed circuit is a challenge to configure the bike for but our guide will help!
We love MotoGP 21! To find out why we think it’s a special game, check out our full review! Whether you go with “full or official calendar”, the British Grand Prix will be the twelfth grand prix of the your first season.
Britain is one of the most high-profile Motorcycle Grand Prix of the year and Silverstone is a mesmeric circuit. Silverstone has hosted the British round of the MotoGP season ever since its renovation in 2010. Its incredible high-speed corners mean you’ll need an extreme setup to be fast. Here’s our ultimate guide!
Silverstone is one of the fastest circuits in the world, but surprisingly, you can be very aggressive on the tyre choice. You’re best off going with a soft on the front and a medium on the rear. If you’re struggling with understeer in the latter stages of races though, go for medium on front and rear.
Responsiveness is the flavour of the day in the UK, you need a bike that’s got maximum turn-in to be fast. This will cost you stability, but Silverstone is as flat as a pancake and nearly billiard table smooth. The front pre-load (1), front swingarm extension (2) and compression (2) should be low to help the responsiveness of the ride.
Oil quantity (4) and the front swingarm hardness (5) should be around default to aid compromise on the front suspension.
The rear of the bike’s suspension should be similar to the front, with the exception of the spring hardness. The spring (6) needs to be on the hard side to help responsiveness on the rear axle. Rear pre-load (1), single shock absorber compression (2) & extension (2) and swingarm connector (3) all need to be on the low side to improve turn-in.
The vehicle geometry also needs to be aggressively configured towards responsiveness rather than stability. Steering head inclination (0) and trail (0) have to be as low as possible, while the steering plate position (2) and rear swingarm length (3) also need to be down there.
Despite Silverstone’s high average speed, top speed isn’t that high around here. You’ll be touching 200 mph (320 kph) down the Hangar Straight, but you can’t set your gears high because it’ll hurt your acceleration on corner exit. All of the gears should be default except for the final ratio which should be slightly higher at 6.
The slipper clutch is best at 4 to strike an optimum balance between turn-in and stability.
Braking zones are spread out around Silverstone, which does allow for good cooling. This allows riders to go with smaller brakes, but we still think that the strongest brakes are the best. 340 mm high mass on the front and 220 mm on the rear is optimal, but if you want to save weight, go for 320 mm on the front.
Silverstone doesn’t require a lot of help from the electronic aids, but you can’t do without them. 3 traction control and anti-wheelie aid is enough to keep the bike pointing in the right direction. 4 engine braking is best as well, as it allows you to shave speed off around the high-speed corners like Copse and the Maggotts-Beckets-Chapel complex.
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.