MotoGP 21: German Grand Prix setup guide – Sachsenring guide, ECU & more
Germany’s twisty track is a tough one to nail the bike’s configuration for. Here’s are our best settings!
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Whether you go with “full or official calendar”, the German Grand Prix will be race number eight during your first season. The Sachsenring has been the home of MotoGP in Germany since the late 1990’s after previously hosting the East German GP.
Like many circuits in Germany, the Sachsenring is located in thick forests and as such, punishes any mistake you make. Here’s our best setup guide for this challenging track!
The Sachsenring’s rough surface doesn’t help tyre life, but its low-speed corners does. Therefore, medium rubber on the front and rear axle is the best to make it to the end of the race and be quick.
The Sachsenring demands good turn-in from your bike, but you also need to be confident that it’ll stick through the high-speed corners at the back end of the circuit.
Compromise is key, so the front suspension settings need to be around default. The exception of this are the front pre-load value (3), front spring hardness (5) and front swingarm extension (5).
The rear of the bike needs to similarly balanced, but with the exception of the pre-load. This needs to be all the way up at 8 to help responsiveness.
The steering head inclination and trail have to be configured to be as low as possible as 0 to help responsiveness. To aid stability, the steering plate position (4) and the rear swingarm length (5) have to be more normal values.
The gear ratios don’t have to change much from the default values of 4. The exception to this is the first gear, which needs to be all the way up at 8. This is to help the bike stay in first gear throughout the first sector’s slow corners and aid acceleration out of them.
The final ratio also has to be high because of the speed you’ll be hurtling at down the back and start/finish straights. For good compromise between stability and responsiveness, the slipper clutch has to be kept at the default of 4.
As usual, the brakes you need are the strongest available. 340 mm High mass on the front and 220 mm on the rear are best for Germany. This isn’t for the big braking zones, but rather to allow the brakes to cool during the first sector’s rapid-fire turns.
We could cope with the traction control at 3, but this does require a delicate touch on the throttle, so feel free to increase this to 4. Likewise, the anti-wheelie aid, as the rear of the bike does like to get off the ground around the Sachsenring.
Finally, engine braking shouldn’t be any higher than 3, as the bike will scrub off too much speed around the high-speed kink otherwise.
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.