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We don’t just process the news at AMCN, we scour, dig and deliver the unfolding story of all-things motorcycling as land when it happens. Here are some highlights of 2018 as told by our correspondents from Australia and around the world.

The world’s most expensive Vincent

Alan Cathcart rode the Jack Ehret Vincent Back Lightning, which sold soon after for a staggering $A1.2m. AMCN Vol 67 No 13

Duck’s guts

Former editor Chris Dobie was one of a handful of journalists worldwide to sample Ducati’s all-new V4 Superbike. “I now know what it feels like to use an aircraft carrier slingshot”

AMCN Vol 67 No 16

2020 vision

Our industry analyst Ben Purvis explained how emission laws, electric bikes, variable valve timing, stability controls and other technological advances would change motorcycling.

AMCN Vol 67 No 17

Troy Bayliss Hall of Fame

It’s unlikely another reigning World Superbike champion will win a MotoGP race in the same season – We gonged Troy Bayliss as our 2018 Hall of Famer.

AMCN Vol 67 No 18

Around The Bend

First around The Bend – Hamish Cooper and Superbike racer Daniel Falzon christened Australia’s newest and international-standard 4.95km circuit in a world exclusive ride before it officially opened.

AMCN Vol 67 No 19

Sad goodbyes

We farewelled the inspirational multiple amputee Alan Kempster and 15-times world speedway champion Ivan Mauger.

AMCN Vol 67 No 21

Alan Kempster

Crew chief, engineer, psychologist and friend

GP expert Mat Oxley deciphered the role of MotoGP’s kingmakers.

AMCN Vol 67 No 24

Santi, French MotoGP race 2018

Great escapes

AMCN’s comprehensive annual Adventure issue tested and rated a cross-section of bikes catering to all riders, while Toby Price wrote exclusively about his record Finke Desert win.

AMCN Vol 68 No 01

Bushido warrior

Always with a good story to tell, AMCN Peter Whitaker recounted how deaf female Japanese rider Yoko Fukagawa raced the gruelling 1995 Australian Safari.

AMCN Vol 68 No 09

Technicians of tautology

AMCN’s analyst and commentator Michael Scott blew apart the veneer of MotoGP’s secrecy in another of his hard-hitting columns.

AMCN Vol 68 No 04

World champion!

AMCN’s Kellie Buckley got the inside story of Josh Hook’s tough road to his World Endurance title. “I was riding around at the back thinking, I’m better than this and I know that I am.”

AMCN Vol 68 No 05

TT sensation Peter Hickman

Racing is life but accelerated AMCN’s road racing guru Stephen Davison got TT sensation Peter Hickman to open his heart about life and death at the TT.

AMCN Vol 68 No 06

Naked Guns

Australia’s biggest shootout of the bikes that give performance and value for money.

AMCN Vol 68 No 08

Stoner v Lorenzo 

Casey Stoner unintentionally revealed to AMCN’s MotoGP reporter Colin Young what was wrong with the Lorenzo-Ducati failing marriage. “You just have to find a way to work with the bike.”

AMCN Vol 68 No 09

Lorenzo, Marquez, Valencia MotoGP 2017

Monkey Madness

AMCN’s Kellie Buckley decided to end the year with a roadtrip… on a Honda Monkey!

AMCN Vol 68 No 11