MotoGP 22 comes packed with so much content. Not only does it have the full 2022 season, but it also has historical content as well. This includes the full 2009 season, thanks to its innovative Nine Career mode.
Because of this, classic circuits such as Laguna Seca are available to race the modern MotoGP bikes around in Quick Mode. The former home of the United States Grand Prix is a real bike-breaker due to corners like the world-famous Corkscrew.
So, here's the setup you need to win around this infamous Californian circuit!
With the high track temperatures and multiple heavy traction zones, you'll need to use durable rubber to make the end of the race. We've found that a hard on the rear is best, with a medium on the front axle.
The front suspension has to be a mix of high and low settings for a good compromise between stability and steering responsiveness. The front pre-load needs to be down at 2, with the oil quantity at 3.
The front spring hardness is optimal at 4. Lastly, the swingarm compression and extension are best up at 7 and 5, respectively.
The rear suspension should be low on the whole, with the exception of the shock absorber compression and extension, which should both be the same values as on the front.
The pre-load should be down at 1, as should the spring hardness. Finally, the swingarm connector is best at 3.
Your Vehicle Geometry is best at the middle of the road values (4) for most of these settings. This is again in the pursuit of a balanced bike. The exception to this is the trail (1) and steering plate position (3).
The gear ratios need to be low for the low gears and high for the high gears around Laguna Seca. That means that 1st gear should be at the absolute lowest of 1 for the best acceleration possible out of slow corners such as the final turn.
The sixth gear should be all the way up at 7 though, and this is thanks to the long pit straight.
The final ratio is best at 5, with the slipper clutch at 4 to strike a good compromise between stability and engine braking.
There are some big braking zones in Laguna Seca, particularly in the middle and final sectors of the lap. However, there's usually a big gap between them, so overheating brakes is rarely an issue here.
340 mm high mass on the front and 220 mm on the rear is what we've found to be best.
You will have to accelerate while turning at times around Laguna Seca. However, you can still get away with a Traction control of 3. Engine braking is best at 4 to help shave speed off around corners such as Turn 1.
The anti-wheelie aid has to be up at 4 though, and this is thanks to the sharp inclines and declines around the circuit.
All of these can be adjusted out on track using the HUD in the bottom-right of the screen.