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One week from now, we should know how the next chapter starts in one of the longest-running dramas in recent modern motorsport. Marc Marquez has announced his return to competition for round three of the 2021 MotoGP World Championship in Portimao, Portugal, April 18.

On April 4 – at the second race of the MotoGP season – Fabio Quartararo gave the Monster Energy Yamaha squad their impressive second win in a row, doing it under the flood lights at the Tissot Grand Prix in Doha, Qatar. His team-mate, Maverick Vinales, won the opener seven days…
The first round of the 2021 MotoGP series took place under the lights in Qatar, on Sunday evening, and Monster Yamaha’s team leader Maverick Vinales took a solid (for the modern era) victory at the Barwa-backed Losail circuit on the outskirts of Doha. Unlike previous seasons (but not 2020 when the…
One of the great things about producing a more-or-less weekly blog is the opportunity to switch gears on the fly. I had planned to write about MotoGP this week: the possible Qatar return of Honda’s Marc ‘much-missed’ Marquez, as well as the possibility of Andrea Dovizioso competing sometime soon for…

PRE-SEASON MOTOGP IN QATAR: For the 2021 MotoGP World Series, the only official pre-season running took place in early March in Doha, Qatar, in the Middle East. The other pre-season “full tour” tests – including the typical several days in Malaysia – couldn’t happen due to ongoing issues with the world-wide…
When the 2021 American Flat Track series gets underway on March 12th, Canadian flat track fans will have a couple of riders to cheer a little harder for in the Singles class. While Trent Pickle and Hunter Bauer share the same passport stamp and will both be competing in the…
One of the basic items of confusion in motorcycle competition are the terms road racing and roadracing. Roadracing defines pavement competition where leathers are worn and knees – and sometimes elbows – are dragged on the ground. In road racing, the activity is similar, but the action takes part on formerly…

The first motorcycle road race I ever took part in was on Victoria Day – at “old Mosport” – 45 years ago. My class was Junior 410 Production, and this title fit me well – I certainly qualified as an inexperienced, teen-aged Junior.
So almost a year ago now I asked readers to share stories about their adventures on two wheels whether they were funny, inspirational or whatever. Wish I could come up with an excuse as to why this has taken me this long but I don’t really have one except “2020”.…

In his latest blog, IM's Todd Vallee asked readers to write in with stories of their own two-wheeled adventures. Sarah Gamm, took him up on his offer and provided this look back at her the on the Tail of the Dragon. - Ed. I grew up in a family of…
This wasn’t what I was supposed to be writing. I should have been reporting on how Canadians made out at Bike Week, how the Daytona TT went, and the upcoming start of the Flat track Canada season. Of course none of this matters right now with the current state of…
While doing research before a 2016 trip to Australia I discovered the wonderful writing style of Bill Bryson. Bryson's In a Sunburned Country was a terrific primer for touring Down Under (which was also the title the book had in the UK) and provided plenty of laughs throughout. I have…

As the calendar has turned to 2020, action has been fast and furious in the AFT series as riders have made the jump to new teams. Harley Davidson was the first to announce their team as former champ Bryan Smith and 2019 Singles champ Dalton Gauthier join incumbent Jarod Vanderkooi…
We are barely into snowy season and already I yearn for my next trip to the track. Much like some other things in life, two wheeled motorsports are addicting and I’m already craving my next fix. While my next trip to the tack is still months away, figured now would…
I consider my library card an essential piece of my riding gear. And the card is FREE! At least in Edmonton. I can login to the Edmonton Public Library system and request materials from any city library and I can also login to talonline.ca (The Alberta Libraries Online) and request…

If you live in the world of motorcycles you are part of a special group. Whether you are a serious racer, two wheel commuter, or just enjoy playing around the trails or the farm, if you ride a motorcycle you are part of something that is greater than just a…
I apologize for not having any content for a while. It seems for the month of June I got caught up in the role of racing spectator and thus I found it hard to make time for this column. With two AFT races, a Canadian Superbike round, and of course…
As a middle-aged man, there are many random thoughts running through my head at any given time. The good news is that random thoughts seem to be the way to go when it comes to a blog. So here are some things to ponder after the first rounds in both…

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