Franchise Notes: Japanese Motorcycle Brand Suzuki To Return To MotoGP In 2015
Suzuki announced ahead of a test of its prototype bike in Spain on Monday that it "will return to the MotoGP championship in 2015" (REUTERS, 6/17). ... The Bristol Flyers will join the British Basketball League from '14 after having their franchise bid accepted. The newcomers will continue in the English Basketball League Division One next season before moving up. The side is overseen by Bristol Sport Ltd., which already works with Bristol City FC in the Football League, Bristol Rugby in the RFU Championship, along with its sponsorship via the Bristol City Community Trust of the Bristol Academy Women’s Football Club (BBL). ... Barcelona Sporting Dir Andoni Zubizarreta has "proven himself a loyal man with the two primary co-workers with whom he has worked side-by-side in his first three years as Barcelona's sporting director." Barcelona VP Josep Maria Bartomeu told Zubizarreta to release scouting coordinator Albert Valentín, but Zubizarreta said that if Valentín is forced out, he would also leave. Zubizarreta was able to help the club negotiate a contract extension through June '14 for Valentín (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 6/18).