Round eight of the 2022 season takes us to Italy for the first of two Italian races in MotoGP. The thrilling and beautiful Mugello circuit has hosted this event for nearly 30 years now.
Mugello is made up of some very high-speed corners and the fastest straight on the calendar. Here's our setup guide for MotoGP 22!
Mugello's track surface isn't the grippiest in MotoGP 22. Couple that with the high-speed corners and big traction zones, and you'll need durable tyres. So, we've found that a medium on the front and hard on the rear is best.
Your front suspension settings all need to be set to 5 each for Mugello. This is to allow for a bike that has responsive steering, but also ensure that the bike can ride the bumps and banked corners.
The same goes for the rear suspension, with the exception of the shock absorber extension, which is slightly lower at 4. A consistent suspension across the bike also generally helps stability as well.
For your Vehicle Geometry, steering head inclination is required to be up at 5 to make the bike's steering more consistent and stable.
The trail has to be set to 3, with the steering plate position slightly higher at 4. The rear swingarm length needs to be configured to be 4.
Because of Mugello's high average speed, you'll need your gears to be set accordingly. Higher gears means an overall higher speed is possible, and it also helps the bike's engine deal with the high revs.
Your first and second gears are up at 6 and the other gears decrease by one for every two gears. The final ratio is down at 3 though, as despite the long pit straight, this will help acceleration in top gear.
The slipper clutch is up at 4 to aid engine braking around long corners like the final turn.
In Mugello, you'll need strong brakes, but you won't need brakes that can cool down quicker. The long pit straight mean you can't go for the 355 mm brakes, as they'll be too cold by Turn 1.
So, a 340mm high mass brake on the front and a 220mm on the rear are best in Portugal.
You won't need to use the electronic aids quite as much in Mugello, but you'll still need to lean on them. Traction Control is at 3 to help prevent excess wheelspin, especially when accelerating when cornering.
Engine Braking also should be cranked up to 4, in order to help aid shaving speed through the middle and final sectors.
Anti-wheelie also has to be at around 4 to prevent the front wheel from flying off the ground, particularly in the undulating first and middle sectors.
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.