Milestone have made another great MotoGP game and 22 has been a breath of fresh air for fans of the fastest two-wheeled racing in the world.
Motegi has everything when it comes to motorbike racing and has been a very welcome home since moving here in 2004. Motegi isn't easy to set the bike up for though, but here's our guide!
Motegi is a real challenge for the bike in MotoGP 22. So much so, that you'll very unusually be best going for a harder compound on the front than the rear. Because of the lack of big traction zones, a soft on the rear will work.
You'll struggle with a soft on the front as well though, the wear is just too much. Stick a medium on instead.
The front suspension needs to a mix of high and low settings for a good compromise. The pre-load (3) and oil quanitity (4) should be around middle of the road though.
Your swingarm extension has to be all the way up at 7, with the spring hardness high at 5. Conversley, the swingarm compression has to be all the way down at 1.
The rear suspension should be on hhe low side on the whole. However, both the pre-load and the single shock absorber compression need to be all the way down at 1.
The extension should be at the mex of 7, with the swingarm connector (4) and spring hardness (3) around middle of the road.
The Vehicle Geometry should be on the low side to help responsiveness. The Steering Head Inclination has to be around 1, as should the trail.
The steering plate position (3) and rear swingarm length (3) should be slightly different to the previous settings.
The gears in the the Japan are around defaut to strike a good balance between overall top speed and acceleration. The exceptions to this are the lower gears, which are set lower to aid acceleration out of the hairpins.
The only exception is the final ratio, up at 5. The slipper clutch should be around 4 to allow for better stability.
There are some big braking zones in Japan, but you won't need the full power brakes here. However, you will need fairly big and heavy brakes to deal with those stopping events.
The 340 mm high mass on the front and the 220 mm on the rear are what we've found to be best.
You'll need to lean on the electronic aids for Japan, starting with 4 for the traction control. Engine Braking also should be at 4 in order to help aid shaving speed through corners like the first and final corners.
Anti-wheelie also has to be at around 3 to prevent the front wheel from flying off the ground. This isn't hard to do though, because Motegi is a fairly flat 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. 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.