MotoGP 21: Italian Grand Prix setup guide – Mugello guide, suspension, brakes & more
Italy’s Tuscan track is a high-speed thrill ride. Here are the settings you need to win in Italy.
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Whether you go with “full or official calendar”, the Italian Grand Prix will be the sixth stop on your tour around the world. Italy loves their two-wheeled racing, and this is the first of two rounds on the calendar in the country.
Mugello has been the home of the Italian Motorcycle Grand Prix since the mid-1990s and is still one of the best circuits in the world. Here’s the setup you need to succeed around the Tuscan track in MotoGP 21!
Mugello is an old-school circuit, which means its surface isn’t smooth and you’ll have to compensate with your tyre choices. We went with hards on both the front and rear, as you can push throughout the race without the fear of serious degradation.
With Mugello’s high-speed direction changes, you need a responsive suspension setup to be fast. Values of 6 for both the front and rear suspension settings are best, with the exception of the single shock absorber extension.
Feel free to tweak these values to better suit your specific driving style, but 6 is around what you need for the entire suspesnion setup.
The vehicle geometry of the bike needs to compensate somewhat for the responsive suspension and aid stability. The steering head inclination is optimal at 6 but the trail is better on the low side, we went for 3.
Steering plate position and rear swingarm length are both best at the default values of 4 for a good compromise.
The gears at Mugello have to be on the high side, as this circuit sees the highest top speed of the entire season. The start/finish straight will see your bike going in excess of 210 mph (338 kph) before you hit the brakes into Turn 1.
Furthermore, the lower gears have to be set to 6 or 7 to allow good acceleration out of the long horseshoe-shaped bends of Turns 1, 12 and 15.
The final ratio needs to a little above average at 5, you shouldn’t be revving out above that, even with a slipstream. The slipper clutch is best at 4 to strike a balance between turn-in and stability.
The Turn 1 braking zone alone means you need the most powerful brakes available to you for Mugello. The 340mm high mass on the front and the 220mm rear brake are best to give you a good chance of making a passing move into San Donato.
Modern electronic aids will definitely give you a helping hand around this classic circuit. 3 traction control will help keep the rear wheel pointing the right way, as will an anti-wheelie aid of 3. The engine braking has to be at least 4, this to help scrub speed off around the longer high-speed corners in the back end of the track.
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.