Suzuki legend Kevin Schwantz has given a cutting assessment of the factory's current situation in MotoGP.

The 1993 500cc world champion described the team as in a state of 'distress' and lacking in multiple areas.

"I don't spend a lot of time in the garage, but the time I have spent there [at the Sachsenring weekend] it seems to me that the work ethic, the mentality, the focus is not there," the Texan told Speedweek.com.

"Alex [Rins] is coming back from being injured and is still trying to learn as a MotoGP rookie. So I really think Iannone needs to be the backbone of the team right now and he's just not been that."

Schwantz, who previously suggested Iannone 'should race go-karts' if he is not prepared to take more risks, added: "I don't understand Italian - I'm kind of glad that I don't - because sitting there listening to Iannone and his crew chief... I just don't see the drive. I don't see the motivation. I don't see the intensity.

"I see a relaxed kind of, 'I can't do anything about this' attitude. When things are bad, the good guys work harder. They don't step back and want to take it easy."

Schwantz traced Iannone's drop in form to Rins' injury in Austin, suggesting the Italian's attitude changed once his team-mate was out of action, while highlighting inconsistent sector times in practice.

"One lap a 22.5 the next a 28, the next 22.6, the next a 24. No real consistency and lots of in and outs. You can't make adjustments based on in and out laps. Especially when we are kind of at a loss for direction right now.

"The bike in testing [was running towards the front], all the way up into the first grand prix where Iannone was challenging for a podium and ran into the back of Marquez. Then in Argentina he jumped the start, but was in the top five there too.

"It seems like from there, after Rins gets hurt, the push is not... in MotoGP or racing of any kind, the ultimate person you want to beat is the guy at the front. But the one guy you really can't stand to get beat by is your team-mate. But that shouldn't be your motivation and inspiration."

In Schwantz's opinion, Suzuki team management should also have reacted to the situation sooner.

"This needed to be resolved before it ever got to this situation, we're at the halfway point of the season and have scored how many points? Hardly any! I think the guys in charge of the team should have got a feel for this a long time ago."

Suzuki scored 89 constructors' points - awarded for the highest finishing rider, by manufacturer, in each race - at the midway stage of last season. This year they have 35 points, with Iannone 16th in the riders' world championship.

The team's best race finish is seventh for Iannone in Austin. At the same time last year they had claimed nine top-six results with Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro, including a podium.

In Iannone's defence, race accidents at Jerez and Sachsenring prove he has taken the GSX-RR beyond its limit at times since Austin. The Italian has had seven falls in total this season.

One measure Schwantz would like to see is a return to front-line duty for the vastly experienced and respected Tom O'Kane, crew chief to Aleix Espargaro in 2015 and 2016, but moved after Iannone's arrival with Marco Rigamonti.

"Tom being brought back in would be a huge asset," he said.

Told that KTM are now rumoured to be interested in O'Kane, the Texan quipped: "KTM knows good people when they see them."

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cossiegaz: this is all building up towards Suzuki making a swoop for the most consistent lap time man on the grid...... Jorge Lorenzo![\blockquote]

Suzuki wont even spend on a satellite team. You think they're going to cough up the dough for JLo? No way.

This is just another PR piece by a Suzuki employee (Schwantz & the writer of this article).

They had Zarco, who's style fit this bike better, and they let him go. That's 100% a illustration of how inept Suzuki management is.

They hired AI, who's style obviously wasnt going to fit this bike, and once again, that is 100% a illustration of how inept Suzuki management is.

We've seen this movie plenty before. Im not sure why last year's flash in the pan season made y'all forget who Suzuki is. Show me a motorsport where they DONT put in a weak effort and cry broke despite being one of the world's #1 sellers of bikes.

cossiegaz: But how long is JLo going to be content to ride around mid pack on a Ducati just for lots of money??[\blockquote]

For as long as those fat checks keep clearing.

In the same way Suzuki sponsored websites/podcasts are trashing Iannone, Italian media will pressure Ducati into losing patience before Gigi can get things on track for JLo. Not to mention, Ducati has lots of bikes on the grid. Nobody can honestly make the case that their bike is the problem anymore. That's not to say media arent trying too.

Funny thing is these same media figures who blame the bike from Ducati refuse to blame Suzuki for their faults.

Money has a funny was of altering reality. That goes for JLo, Ducati, Suzuki, and AI.

Frankly, the season has been a disaster for Team Suzuki. Management must take quite a bit of flak for this. Iannone nor Rins are in the same league as last years riders. When the former was announced I already said to myself that he would crash more than any other rider....I must be right or very close. Petulance is a factor in that when Ducati gave him the flick and kept Dovisioso he lifted his game a bit despite his points being better. They knew something that Suzuki management didn't. The wrong engineer also came with him. Rins' performance flatters to deceive. The bike itself has an excellent chassis even if performance in outright power is not quite there. Neither rider has that special "adaptability" or skill to define the edge consistently. Iannone's performance has been a disgrace and contract or no contract he should have been fired. His poor motivation has filtered throughout the Suzuki team and it will need a complete clean out. At this point they might as well pack up and

cossiegaz: Schwantz making a big point of highlighting the lack of lap time consistency, this is all building up towards Suzuki making a swoop for the most consistent lap time man on the grid...... Jorge Lorenzo![\blockquote]
how dumb,, he says there was inconsistent sector times but he didn't relate it to Iannone's lack of ability but lack of motivation.

Stop being desperate.

But how long is JLo going to be content to ride around mid pack on a Ducati just for lots of money??

Schwantz making a big point of highlighting the lack of lap time consistency, this is all building up towards Suzuki making a swoop for the most consistent lap time man on the grid...... Jorge Lorenzo!

It used to be easy to blame Denning for this, but Brivio came in and with a little help from Vinales, got Suzuki firing on all cylinders. The new rider lineup is weak for sure, but Davide created this situation so he needs to take his medicine and manage his way out of this mess. Missing on Zarco was the big one!

It does sound like a human factor rather than totally a machine capability problem, however I think those who say that Rins talent flattered the 2016 Suzuki may have a point and that Rins results perhaps made the bike look better than it was, then when maybe slightly less talented riders have to ride it then the capability gap to other machines becomes more apparent.

However morale and organisation can affect teams profoundly Aprilia seems to come to mind......

Racemaster: It used to be easy to blame Denning for this, but Brivio came in and with a little help from Vinales, got Suzuki firing on all cylinders. The new rider lineup is weak for sure, but Davide created this situation so he needs to take his medicine and manage his way out of this mess. Missing on Zarco was the big one![\blockquote]
Iannone has disappointed so far this season but last year who would have preferred Zarco ?

AI is too busy partying to care about improving the bike. He expected to hop on the bike and be on the podium right away and when that didn't happen he lost interest. At Ducati he was just happy to be in MotoGP and now he feels entitled to a great bike and he doesn't have one.

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