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Round four of the 2022 season sees you stay in the Americas and head north to the USA. The Grand Prix of the Americas has taken place at the Circuit of the Americas since 2013. We missed it in 2020, but it was back last year.
COTA is a real challenge to master, as it comprises similar sections to some of the most challenging corners in world motorsport. Don't be shy though, this guide will help you find the sweet spot with the setup.
Grip is at an absolute premium in the USA. COTA's esses section alone means you need as much as possible, particularly on the front axle. So, we've found that a soft on the front and a medium on the rear is best.
Front pre-load needs to be low at 2 to allow for more consistent steering around the long corners around COTA. Oil quality is best up at 6, with the front spring hardness at 4.
The front swingarm compression is also best around 4, as is the extension for this. Finally, for the front of the bike's suspension, front swingarm extension is another that is best at about 4.
On the rear, the rear pre-load has to be around 2 with the Swingarm connector up at 5. Spring hardness needs to be up to 6, with shock absorber compression and extension both at 4.
For your Vehicle Geometry, steering head inclination is required to be all the way down at 1 to help the responsiveness of the steering.
The trail has to be down at 2, with the steering plate position down at 3. Lastly, the rear swingarm length needs to be set slightly higher at 4.
With the exception of first and sixth gears, your transmission needs to be set slightly higher than normal in the USA. A low first gear helps acceleration out of the hairpins, while the low top gear helps speed down the back straight.
The slipper clutch should also be up at 5 to help stability while using engine braking through the Esses.
For COTA, the braking zone at the end of the back-straight is enough to justify big and powerful brakes. So, a 340mm high mass brake on the front and a 220mm on the rear are best in Texas.
The electronic aids that are available to you in MotoGP definitely come in handy here. You'll need to turn all of them up to their maximum settings. Traction Control is at 5 to help prevent excess wheelspin.
Engine Braking also needs be up at the maximum of 5 to help aid shaving speed through the Esses and the long corners in the final sectors. Anti-wheelie has to be at around 5 to prevent the front wheel from flying off the ground.
Power mapping is best at 3 for a flying lap, but you'll need to turn this around during some points in the race. This is to save fuel and the engine.
All of these can be adjusted out on track using the HUD in the bottom-right of the screen.