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MXGP may be one of the most fun motocross biking games right now, but if you find it difficult to use the bike settings, you’re not alone. Many people struggle with this, whether they are new to the game or have little experience. So this guide is designed to help you understand the best settings for your bikes to have the best race possible.

The setting system for MXGP may seem complicated at first, but it’s simpler than you might think. Before we begin, though, there are two things that you should know because settings can be broken down into two categories. The first setting is bike settings which you can manually tune and change in the game. The second is the settings that map the buttons of your controller.

Both of these are important as they can make a significant difference in whether you win a race or not. So I will cover both of these systems in this guide. To make this easier, I have also broken them down into subsections so we can talk about what each one does.



Suspension is an interesting aspect of the MXGP game system because it is designed to work like real-world suspension. It is sadly one of the areas that doesn’t quite measure up. This disappointment mostly has to do with how the fine-tuning for suspension works in the game. The key is that you have to use and change quite a few of the suspension settings to make any notable difference.

With a real bike altering any of the suspension will cause changes in the machine, like performance alteration. In MXGP, though, you’ll have to change quite a few of these settings to achieve the desired effect. To achieve the desired effect, you alter the suspension at different points, such as the tires to the internals and all of their connectors.

The really hard thing about suspension is that even if you drastically alter all the settings, it won’t make a huge difference on most Maps. Many players choose to stick to a particular setting with their suspension and just leave it there. Too many fans this is the most effective way to utilize the system. Fortunately, other settings in the game can make a far larger difference.

Gear System

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The gear system in MXGP happens to be one of the most important systems that you can start to play around with in the game. The gear settings will have an actual in game effect on how your bike performs. It affects it in one of two ways, both in responsiveness and speed.

In terms of speed, the result of altering your gear system will vary from course to course. On some tracks, you might see a change in speed, while on others, you might barely notice a difference. But alternative gears might help you achieve a little more speed if that’s what you’re looking for.

But where you want her to see the difference in the performance of your brakes is in the responsiveness of the machine. Responsiveness is not just the speed your bike can go but how fast it can reach that speed as well.

You could see adjustments to the acceleration and how quickly you can control the bike functions. So it is very valuable for you to alter your gear system to achieve better responsiveness from your bike.

In particular, one of the best things you can do is figure out which of the three chain lengths work best for you in terms of short, medium, or long. These three settings will yield different responses based on the track and bike used.

Brake System

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In MXGP, one of the systems you can choose to tinker with is the brake system for your bike. This system is a little lackluster, though, compared to some of the other options for you to mess around with in the game. In particular, because it boils down to two options.

The first of these is the aggressive style of braking. This aggressive style will grant you a faster brake system that will lock up your bike faster in exchange for the higher risk of flipping you and your bike over. This tradeoff is considered a risky exchange but might be worth it if you want more precise braking.

The second option is the nonaggressive braking style. This style decreases the responsiveness and sharpness of the brakes, but in exchange, it is less risky. The risk is significantly less than you will lock up your brakes and flip your bike over While breaking around the corner. So this leaves you with two distinctive options.

Which one of these is better than the other? Sadly the game mechanics answer this more than experimentation does. There’s almost no penalty for using the aggressive breaking style in the game. So you’re better off using that style and leaving it as the fault for your bike.  This configuration will mean you get a better response with no problem or drawback.


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The wheelbase settings for your bike can be one of the more fun things to tinker with within the game. This joy stems from the fact it will appreciably affect gameplay, much like the gear system for your bike. But what is this affecting? How can you use it to make your life better in the game? What it comes down to are speed and responsiveness.

You depend on which of the three wheelbases to choose from. You receive the different levels of responsiveness and control on the bike. You have  a few different setting for your wheel base.

A short wheel base that contracts the base for tighter response and more direct control over the bike. A medium wheel base that focuses on balancing the play styles of long and short. The last wheel base is long and that focuses on using the length to increase the amount of coverage the bike will get to increase the fluidity and mobility of the bike.

It is not to say either that one of the settings is better than the other. Each one fits a different play style in terms of what you want your bike to do. So you should experiment with the quick response of the short base and the greater control of the long base and see which one works better for you. Or maybe you just want a balanced approach and go with medium. Either way, it will be fine as long as it is the way you wanna race.

Controller Guide

Lastly, you can’t talk about Settings and tinkering in game without talking about how to set up your controller for the game. In the controller setting, all that comes down to a single important question, Which buttons should you assign?

In general, I can’t tell you that one set of button maps is better than the other, but there is a strategy to help you should take care of that. The main strategy for how you should take your buttons up is just to make sure that you never really have to move your fingers from where they rest on your controller.

So if possible, transfer everything from shifting gears to leaning on the bike to a few simple buttons, triggers, or analog sticks.  This will help keep your gameplay fluid and increase your efficiency.

I hope that this guide helps you improve your game and MXGP, and it helps you turn the bike you always wanted.