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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: Eric Peronnard’s X Games

Thursday, April 16, 2015
MotoUSA's Backmarker catches up with Eric Peronnard, the man behind EnduroCross and, most recently, Flat Track getting into the X Games.

Backmarker: Helmets Optional in MotoAmerica?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Our Backmarker stumbles upon a shocking statement in the technical rules regarding helmet use and America’s new national road racing series.

Backmarker: Meeting Michelle Duff

Friday, March 20, 2015
MotoUSA's Backmarker recounts the incredible story of Mike Duff's racing career and the turn of events that saw Mike become Michelle later in life.

Backmarker: Stories I'll Never Write

Thursday, March 5, 2015
In the midst of some seasonal cabin fever, MotoUSA's Backmarker reflects on some of the stories he'll likely never write.

Backmarker: Bayliss Hopes to Go Flat Trackin'

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Troy Bayliss is eager to run all five "miles" on the 2015 Flat Track schedule on a Ducati, but will it happen? MotoUSA's Backmarker takes you behind the scenes.

Backmarker: Justin Kell

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Justin Kell operates Glory Motor Works out of Glendale, California and is the man Hollywood turns to when a script calls for motorcycles.

Backmarker: Honda NS750 Flat Tracker

Thursday, January 22, 2015
MotoUSA's Backmarker gets the story of Honda's ill-fated NS750 flat tracker from Jerry Griffith, the man that chopped and turned a CX500 engine into the very first NS750 prototype.

Backmarker: New Year's Resolutions

Thursday, January 8, 2015
With a new year ahead, our Backmarker offers up some resolutions for MotoAmerica and AMA Pro Racing along with a pledge to turn his new garage into a proper workspace.

Backmarker: Merry Christmas

Wednesday, December 24, 2014
For his last submission of 2014, MotoUSA’s Backmarker reflects on the biggest stories of the year.

Backmarker: Breakfast with Preston

Thursday, December 11, 2014
MotoUSA's Backmarker catches breakfast with Preston Petty, a man that changed the motorcycling world with his work in plastics.

Backmarker: Finding Kel Carruthers' TR2

Thursday, November 27, 2014
Our Backmarker meets with Chris Hill, owner of an iconic TR2 that once belonged to Kel Carruthers. Looking for the story behind the TR2, the two get Carruthers on the phone for some insight.

Backmarker: An American in Japan

Thursday, November 13, 2014
MotoUSA's Backmarker connects with Mike Harper, who discusses his road-racing past in Japan during the birth of the Japanese motorcycle industry.

Backmarker: AMA Mission Creep

Thursday, October 30, 2014
A couple weeks ago, the AMA issued a press release connecting the CDC, Ebola and universal helmet laws... Our Backmarker did not fail to notice.

Backmarker: MotoAmerica & Flat Track

Thursday, October 9, 2014
Wayne Rainey’s new MotoAmerica road racing series is the blockbuster news story in U.S. motorcycle racing. Our Backmarker ponders the possible implications MotoAmerica has for AMA Flat Track racing.

Backmarker: Situational Awareness for Riders

Thursday, September 18, 2014
Our Backmarker imparts rider safety advice with tips for maintaining situational awareness out on the road.

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.