MotoGP's first Italy round continues our European tour at the beginning and middle parts of the season, and you'll need a good setup to be fast for the MotoGP 23 Italian Grand Prix!
Mugello's high-speed nature can make it very tough to set your bike up for, but we're here to help with our MotoGP 23 Italian setup guide!
MotoGP 23 Italy setup
Mugello is one of MotoGP's best circuits, with some of the fastest corners in racing. Being nestled in the Tuscan mountains, it also has some of the best views on the calendar as well.
Passing into Turn 1 is usually the best way to overtake, as there aren't many other passing spots.
Starting with the tyres, you'll need to go Hard or go home in Mugello. A Hard on both the front and rear is the best way to go, as anything softer will mean you're struggling to hold on towards the end of the race.
You can go with a Medium on the rear axle, but this will mean you need to ease off the throttle more in the closing laps of the Grand Prix.
Front pre-load needs to be high at 5 to allow for more responsive steering around the long corners in Mugello. Oil quality should also be up at 5, with the front spring hardness up at 4.
The front fork compression is best at 4, as with the extension of the fork at 5.
On the rear, the rear pre-load has to go up to 5 with the Swingarm connector up also at 5. Spring hardness should be up at 5, with shock absorber compression also up at 5 and the extension also at 4 to help the bike's overall grip.
For your Vehicle Geometry, the steering head inclination should be up at 5 to allow for more consistent steering.
The trail also should be down at 3, but the steering plate needs to be up at 5. Lastly, the rear swingarm length needs to be up at 5.
Your gears in Italy should be slightly above the default values due to the high average speed around Mugello.
Even the slow corners aren't too slow here, so high gears are a must. The slipper clutch should be down at 3, though, to help the bike's stability.
In Italy, there is a monster braking zone into Turn 1. This alone means you need powerful brakes and there are more long braking zones in other areas of the track as well.
A 340mm high mass brake on the front and a 220mm on the rear are the best options here.
As usual, electronic aids that are available to you in MotoGP definitely come in handy here. You'll need to turn all of them up quite high to keep your bike on the road. Traction Control only needs to be up at 3 though, as there aren't many major acceleration zones.
Engine Braking should be cranked up to 4 in order to shave speed around the long corners. Anti-wheelie also has to be up at 5 to prevent the front wheel from flying off the ground when getting on the power.
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 the engine and fuel.
All of these can be adjusted out on track using the HUD in the bottom-right of the screen.
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