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Articles By Mark Gardiner - Contributing Editor

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: “I Hate It When That Happens”

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Our Backmarker weighs in on a heartbreakingly sober road safety campaign video.

Backmarker: Rainey's MotoAmerica

Thursday, September 4, 2014
MotoUSA's Backmarker continues to lay out his proposal to develop U.S. road racing talent amidst recent news of Wayne Rainey's MotoAmerica series.

Backmarker: North American Novice Cup

Thursday, August 21, 2014
MotoUSA's Backmarker offers up the beginnings of a solution to the lack of American riders competitive in world championship road racing.

Backmarker: Hot 'n Bothered in Sacramento

Thursday, August 7, 2014
MotoUSA's Backmarker heads to California to spend some time with Triumph's factory Flat Track team at the Sacramento Mile.

Backmarker: Reflections on Supermoto's Return

Thursday, July 17, 2014
MotoUSA's Backmarker looks at the quick rise, fall and resurrection of a National Supermoto race series in the United States.

Backmarker: LiveWire & Ghosts of Harley's Past

Thursday, July 3, 2014
MotoUSA's Backmarker takes a look beyond the ad agency spin and delves into Harley-Davidson's true history to explain why the new LiveWire electric bike shouldn't be such a shock.

Harley-Davidson LiveWire First Ride

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
MotoUSA's Backmarker gets seat time in the new Harley-Davidson LiveWire, though no serious opportunity to test the machine's mettle in the congested streets of Manhattan.

Backmarker: H-D LiveWire Launch & First Ride

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
MotoUSA's Backmarker reflects on Harley-Davidson's place in the EV market before hopping on The Motor Company's LiveWire electric motorcycle for a ride around Manhattan.

Backmarker: Kenny Noyes

Thursday, June 19, 2014
MotoUSA's Backmarker looks at the winding road which brought Kenny Noyes to Kawasaki and the CEV Superbike championship in 2014, where he's currently the points leader in the class.

Backmarker: Michael Dunlop & BMW at the TT

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
MotoUSA's Backmarker speaks to Berthold Hauser about Michael Dunlop and BMW's success at the 2014 IOMTT and looks back at some of BMW's past successes in the event.

Backmarker: Ride to Work Day

Thursday, May 15, 2014
MotoUSA’s Backmarker spreads the good word on the upcoming Ride to Work Day – as well as propose a grand bargain to the AMA regarding helmet use and lane-splitting.

Backmarker: Lessons from Senna & Cosmos

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
MotoUSA's Backmarker reflects on the tragic death of Ayrton Senna 20 years ago, as well as the cosmic talents of MotoGP's reigning champion - Marc Marquez.

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.