After 20 rounds of MotoGP action, there is just one more to tackle before season's end. The Valencia Grand Prix has been hosted by the Circuit Ricrdo Tormo ever since its inception back in 1999.
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By the time we reach Valencia, things have started to cool off in Europe, so the track temperatures aren't too high for the race. There are a lot of wide and long corners here that necessitate at least medium tyres on the front and rears.
The front suspension needs to be middle of the road for a good compromise between stability and steering responsiveness.The pre-load is the one exception to this, as this has to be down at 2.
Everything else has to be at 4 on the front suspension.
The rear suspension should be a bit more mixed, but overall, low. The rear pre-load should be down at 2, with the shock absorber compression also at this value. The spring hardness should be at its lowest setting down at 1.
The swingarm connector has to be up at 4, and the shock absorber extension all the way up at 7.
The Vehicle Geometry should be around middle of the road for a good compromise, just like the suspension. The Steering Head Inclination has to be around 1 for peak responsiveness.
The steering plate position and rear swingarm length should both be set to 3 each. The Trail should be all the way up at the maximum value of 7.
Because of the long corners, you'll need high gears for the most part. The exception to this is the first gear, set down at 2 for good acceleration out of the hairpins.
The final ratio, though should be at 6, with the slipper clutch set to 4 to aid stability.
There aren't many long braking zones here in Valencia, but there are many of decent length. These zones are back-to-back, so you'll need to go with the biggest and strongest brakes to prevent overheating.
So, 355 on the front and the 220 mm on the rear are what we've found to be ideal here.
The electronic aids in MotoGP are definitely your friends around Valencia. You'll need to make use of them, and that includes 3 on traction control to ensure smooth acceleration out of slow corners.
The same goes for the engine braking, up at 4 to scrub plenty of speed round the long corners. The anti-wheelie aid can be down at 3 though, mainly because of the inclines and declines being relatively gentle.
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.