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Articles By Mark Gardiner - Contributing Editor

Mark Gardiner
Mark Gardiner
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In 2001, Mark Gardiner gave up his career in advertising, and moved to the Isle of Man to live out his childhood dream of racing in the TT. After returning to the U.S., he wrote a memoir of that experience, Riding Man, which is now in development as a feature film. His column, Backmarker, looks at everything from the motorcycle industry as a whole to intensely personal 'inside stories.'

Backmarker: TT Rider James Hillier

Thursday, April 17, 2014
MotoUSA’s Backmarker, a former Isle of Man TT rider himself, chats with one of the rising stars in the ‘real roads’ course ranks – Englishman James Hillier.

Backmarker: Exploring St. Louis' Vintage Scene

Thursday, April 3, 2014
MotoUSA's Backmarker stole away for a lunch in St. Louis and discovered an array of vintage motorcycle shops.

Backmarker: My "American Pickers" Moment

Thursday, March 20, 2014
MotoUSA's Backmarker recalls an American Pickers moment, which includes a chance encounter at a bar, an innocuous country barn and a trove of old, obscure motorcycles.

Backmarker: Ulrich's 'Triple Crown'

Thursday, March 6, 2014
MotoUSA's Backmarker speaks to John Ulrich about his as-yet-to-be-named west-coast American road race series, which has already attracted the attention of a number of major AMA SuperBike teams.

Backmarker: The New Road Hazard

Thursday, February 20, 2014
As if motorcyclists didn’t have enough distracted drivers to worry about, our Backmarker makes some dire predictions on what Google Glass may mean for riders.

Backmarker: The Fastest Bikes on Dirt

Thursday, February 6, 2014
MotoUSA's Backmarker meanders between the fastest and slowest bikes on dirt, reflecting on the potential of unrestricted flat track machines and Honda's newest trials bike marketing venture in the States.

Backmarker: At the Superprestigio

Monday, January 13, 2014
Motorcycle USA's Backmarker heads to Barcelona for the revived Superprestigio dirt track race, which pitted MotoGP champion Marc Marquez against AMA Flat Track champ Brad "The Bullet" Baker.

Backmarker: Resolution for AMA Pro Racing

Thursday, January 2, 2014
MotoUSA's Backmarker offers a bold solution for revitalizing the AMA Pro Road Racing and Flat Track series - bring back the combined Grand National Championship.

Backmarker: Baker Gets Superprestigio Shot

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
MotoUSA’s Backmarker launched a one-man campaign to get AMA Flat Track champ Brad Baker invited to Marc Marquez’s Superprestigio as a dirt track charity race. And it worked!

Backmarker: Marquez Revives Superprestigio

Monday, December 2, 2013
Marc Marquez is resurrecting the Superprestigio as a dirt track race. But can it really be "Super" without flat track's number one plate holder, Brad Baker?

Backmarker: Rambling, Philosophically

Thursday, November 21, 2013
MotoUSA's Backmarker makes use of the waning riding season to devote some philosophical thought to personal and more wide-ranging motorcycle issues.

Backmarker: Canada's First Motorcycle Stamps

Thursday, November 7, 2013
MotoUSA's Backmarker delves into some Canadian motorcycle history after a chance encounter with Matthew Warburton, graphic designer of Canada's first motorcycle postage stamps.

Backmarker: Mann's Missing Honda Part 3

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Is Daniel Mercier's Honda CB750 Dick Mann's 1970 Daytona 200-winning mount? Our Backmarker reveals what the experts have to say in the final chapter of Mann's Missing Honda.

Backmarker: Mann’s Missing Honda Part 2

Thursday, October 3, 2013
The saga of Dick Mann’s 1970 Daytona-winning Honda CB750 continues, with our Backmarker seeing the unearthed mount for the first time in Paris.

Backmarker: Mann’s Missing Honda Part 1

Thursday, September 19, 2013
What happened to the Honda 750 that Dick Mann piloted to the 1970 Daytona 200 victory? Our Backmarker begins the tale, which includes AMA Hall of Famer Bob Hansen.

Backmarker: Rachael Clegg, TT Calendar Girl

Thursday, September 5, 2013
MotoUSA's Backmarker catches up with Rachael Clegg, a free-spirited artist and journalist who also produces and models for the scintillating Milestones TT Calendars.

Backmarker: Win Sunday, Sell Monday

Thursday, August 15, 2013
MotoUSA's Backmarker examines some of the recent news to come out of World Superbike and MotoGP under the light of shifting trends in advertising, marketing and sponsorship.

Backmarker: The Monster of the Salt

Thursday, August 1, 2013
Our Backmarker traces the story of a Bonneville race bike that ties two Frenchmen, a comic book character and 80-year-old veteran drag racer together.

Backmarker: Ernst Degner and MZ Secrets

Thursday, July 18, 2013
MotoUSA's Backmarker shares the story of Ernst Degner, an East German motorcycle racer and engineer that defected from the MZ Grand Prix team and Communism in 1961.

Backmarker: Roger Willis & The Nazi TT

Thursday, July 4, 2013
Our Backmarker chats with IOM TT author Roger Willis, who relates the strange story of the TT trophies’ six-year absence and the post-war return from Nazi Germany.