Horsman misses out on British Talent Cup title by 0.057 seconds

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There was an unbelievable climax to the British Talent Cup at Silverstone this weekend. There were only two of the Moto3 riders battling for the title but 22 wanted to win one or both of the final two races of the season. Londoner Horsman was 16 points adrift of Scott Ogden at the start of play but he led the championship overnight after a
fantastic win in race one. The points were tied but Horsman had more race wins than his rival.

In race two it went to the final corner of the eleventh lap of the 3.7-mile Silverstone circuit. Despite Horsman leading large parts of the race, Jack Nixon took the win and Ogden pipped Horsman by 0.073 seconds at the finish line as they ended the race second and third.

The Forest Hill rider had to settle for the runner up spot in what has been a fantastic season for the 18-year-old.

Race weekend at Silverstone
Horsman was under no illusion of the task ahead when he arrived for the final weekend. He had a significant points gap. His rival from Doncaster had finished every race and only failed tostand on the podium once in the ten previous outings. Horsman record was equally as impressive. The rider from Forest Hill had stood on the podium in all the races he had finished bar one and that was due to a mechanical problem. His only DNF was a result of another rider
taking him out.

Qualifying
After too very good free practice sessions Horsman lead the timesheet in FP2 and was looking towards a good qualifying session. However, the 30-minute session didn’t good to plan. A lot of riders had seen how fast Horsman was and were using him for a tow. He found riders going passed him and then slowing. He struggled throughout to find a clear lap and only managed the 8 th fastest time. His main rival Ogden had qualified in fourth.

Despite his qualifying position Horsman was confident for the first race. He knew he had the pace and was sure that if he made a good start then over the 11 laps of the 3.7-mile circuit he would be challenging at the front.

Race One
Horsman knew what he had to do. He had to win the 11 lap race and hope that a fair number of other riders finished ahead of Ogden to give him a chance of taking the title in race two. It started well for Horsman. Although Ogden gained a position in the first corner to move into third, Horsman was quickly into sixth place. A few corners later and he was up to fifth. He continued his progress overtaking Ogden and eventually crossing the line for the first time in an impressive third position.

Horsman and Brian Hart then started to break away from the rest of the field. Over the next few laps they managed to open a gap of between eight-tenths and one second over the chasing riders. Hart and Horsman traded the lead at the front of the race on several occasions.

With eight laps remaining Fenton Seabright and Rhys Irwin began to reel the front two in. The front group briefly became four. However, Scott Ogden had come through and was not far behind.

The following lap and the front group had become an eighteen-wheel train of nine bikes all looking to make it to the podium. Ogden had set the races fastest lap at the time, as he tried to ensure he was in the hunt for the race win.

On the penultimate lap we saw a familiar scene with Horsman and Ogden leading the field. However, the other seven riders were on their tails. After Horsman had led most of the race Ogden moved into the lead through Stowe Corner. Horsman kept calm and hit back when they came through Abbey to re-take the lead on the final lap.

As the riders went through Becketts for the last time, Fenton Seabright came through to second position and Ogden dropped to third. Horsman put the hammer down and as Nixon then came through into second the number 23 of Horsman had opened a gap of around half-a-second on those squabbling behind.

Ogden then dropped to fifth and then raised his hand as he appeared to have a problem with his bike.

Horsman held his nerve and went on to take the race victory by more than eight-tenths of a second over Jack Nixon with Fenton Seabright third. More importantly from Horsman’s point of view was that Ogden came across the line in seventh.
Horsman collected 25 precious points for the race victory. Ogden took nine. You could not have written a better script for the final race of the British Talent Cup. The two riders who have been at the front of this championship the whole season were tied on 201 points each with one race to go. Horsman now led the series on account of his five race wins to Ogden’s three.

Race Two
Whoever finished ahead of the other out of Ogden and Horsman would become British Talent Cup Champion 2019.

Horsman’s start to the second 11 lap race was a little more subdued as he remained in eighth place through the opening curves, whilst Ogden leapt from fourth to second. However, in the second half of the lap he came into his own as he moved through into fourth place with Ogden just behind him.

The positions changed with such regularity between the leading riders in the opening laps, it was difficult to keep pace. Fenton Seabright led for a while, so did Charlie Farrer. There were times when we saw four riders abreast as they headed towards Maggotts. Ogden and Horsman keen to keep out of trouble but also aware that they needed to beat each other.

Horsman was never shy to lead the race although he shared this duty with Seabright early on. At times it looked like Ogden might get bogged down in the pack but when he needed to he was able to move through the field to make sure he kept in touch.

Ogden set his fastest lap with two to go and we saw him hook onto the back wheel of the race leader Cameron Horsman. Ogden took the lead riding round the outside at Stowe Corner but Horsman struck back quickly to regain first position.

On the final lap there were four of them jostling for the lead as Horsman led down the Hangar Straight. All three riders slipstreamed Horsman leaving him fourth through Stowe Corner. Nixon and Ogden touched but both stayed upright. Horsman overtook Seabright to take third as they arrived at Vale. As the came onto the Wellington Straight for the final time Horsman was back in the lead, Ogden on his back wheel and then Nixon in third. Ogden slipstreamed
Horsman but Nixon slipstreamed both to take the race lead through Brooklands. Ogden had the inside line through Luffield. Horsman pulled out of the slipstream through the final corner of Woodcote but the run to the finish line was too short. The difference was just 0.073 seconds.

The title was gone.

Cameron Horsman finished on 217 points to Ogden’s 221. During the season Horsman won five races, more than any other rider in the championship, and had he not been taken out at Donington Park the season could have ended differently.

Horsman said, “Firstly, congratulations to Scott Ogden on taking the British Talent Cup title. He’s ridden well all season.

Coming into the weekend I didn’t really think I had much hope of clawing back 16 points but I never give up so was determined to give it a go. Having got so close I can’t deny I feel disappointed. The reality is I couldn’t have done anymore. I had two races in the whole season when I didn’t score points and neither of those where my fault.

Clearly everyone wants to win but I have to look back at my British Talent Cup season and think that although I was second I have achieved a lot and improved so much as a rider. Thank you to Dorna Sports and all the guys that help organise the series, I have had two wonderful years in this championship.”

After Cameron Horsman’s fantastic achievements in the British Talent Cup come to a close there is still the matter of the standard Moto3 championship, British Motostar, to conclude. That championship is a support class of the British Superbike series. Horsman is currently second in that, two points behind none other than Scott Ogden with eight races to go.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

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Two points separate Horsman from the championship leader

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Cameron Horsman put in another superb performance to finish second on the podium twice at Cadwell Park in the British Motostar Championship. He has been riding the standard Honda NSF Moto3 at a superb level all season but despite the podiums he lies second in the championship trailing Scott Ogden by just two points.

Having missed the Thruxton round of the British Motostar Championship because of British
Talent Cup duty Horsman had found his lead at the top had disappeared. Franco Bourne had taken full advantage and his double victories meant he was tied with Horsman at the top of the standings on 130 points. Scott Ogden, who had also been on British Talent Cup duty started third on 122 points.

Free Practice
The weather was not very kind to the British Motostar standard class riders as the race weekend got underway. The first free practice was damp and with the weather expected to improve over the weekend it was not likely to help much with bike set up. The weather then deteriorated and the second free practice session was cancelled. Horsman ended day one as the third fastest.

Qualifying
Because of the weather affected free practice on Friday, the morning qualifying session was extended to 45 minutes. The weather had changed dramatically but being one of the first classes out in the morning the track was still drying. In those conditions Horsman and the Nova Racing/SP125 team decided to sit tight in the garage. With the track conditions improving as
the session went on it was pointless risking rider and machine going out at the beginning of qualifying.
With half an hour left of qualifying the number 72 emerged from his garage at Cadwell Park. Within ten minutes he led the timing sheets. Happy with the bike set up Horsman stayed out to complete 16 laps in the time left recording a 1:37.698 as he took pole in the Moto3 standard class.

Race One
For safety reasons the standard class and GP Moto3 machines start from a split grid twenty seconds apart. Horsman started on pole position but dropped a place on the opening lap. He was sat on the back wheel of championship rival Scott Ogden. Franco Bourne and Charlie Farrer were also in the leading group of four riders.
Horsman had been tucked in nicely behind Ogden but the London rider lost out when the leading standard class riders came upon the slower GP riders on just lap three. Ogden managed to overtake before Horsman and then began to open a gap of just over a second.

Horsman then had to battle with Franco Bourne and Charlie Farrer for the final two podium spots which enabled Scott Ogden to pull further ahead. As they entered the final lap Bourne had managed to squeeze by Horsman and into second position. However, Horsman kept his cool and regained the position by the end of the race.
Finishing second meant he only lost five points to Ogden in the championship race. He went into Sunday with a slender three-point lead. Franco Bourne was only one point further back.

Race Two
The grid for Sunday’s race was based on the fastest laps from race one. This meant that Horsman lined up third on the end of the front row. It turned out to be another breath-taker of a race. Horsman made a good start moving up to second as his main rival Ogden slipped from pole to third. The same four riders broke away in the first few laps but it quickly became a two horse race.
Horsman led Ogden until the fourth lap when the rider from Doncaster managed to overtake.
The two rode wheel to wheel for the full 12 laps. There was never more than a couple of tenths between them. The championship leader would be one of these two at the end of the race.
Coming out of Barn, the final corner, Horsman pulled out of the slipstream of Ogden but there wasn’t enough track before the finish line to out drag him. Horsman took a fantastic second and twenty more points finishing just 0.068 seconds from victory.

The weekend results see Horsman leave Cadwell on 170 points whilst Ogden is the new championship leader on 172.
The Forest Hill rider will get another chance at leading the championship at Oulton Park on 6 to 8 th September. In the meantime, he will face Ogden again in the final round of the British Talent Cup on 23 to 25 August. Horsman will be trying his best to overcome a huge 16-point deficit to overhaul Ogden in order to take the title from the final two races in that series.

Cameron Horsman said, “In the first race we came across a slower rider from the GP class and Ogden was able to get past quicker than I was. Then I got into a battle with Bourne and Farrer whilst Ogden was able to make good use of some clear track. There was no way I could recover the gap he had made. He rode really well.
In the second race, it was much closer. I was on his back wheel the whole time just looking for where I might be able to overtake. In the end, I had to wait until the final corner but I just didn’t get enough drag to the line. We are not leading the championship after this weekend but I am not worried. It is only two points and there are still eight races left.
Now I’m only thinking about the British Talent Cup next weekend. What an amazing experience that will be to be involved in the MotoGP weekend at Silverstone.”

Words: Jeremy Ryan

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Superb Horsman keeps championship alive at Brno

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18-year-old Cameron Horsman secured a superb race win in Brno in the Czech Republic to keep his championship title hopes alive. The Moto3 rider from Forest Hill was competing in the penultimate round of the British Talent Cup. In race one he suffered a mechanical problem which saw him lose ground on the championship leader. He responded in a way anyone who knows him knows he would by taking a superb victory in a four-way fight in race two. With two races remaining he lies second in the Championship 16 points behind the leader.

The 19 riders in the Dorna Sports supported series were lucky enough to form part of the MotoGP circus last weekend in the only non-UK round of the championship. These potential future stars of motorcycle racing got to rub shoulders with the current MotoGP stars and got a sense of what racing at the top must be like.

The weekend started well for Horsman finishing the two free practice session in third overall. The third and final session of day one was qualifying. Horsman slashed his free practice times with a 2:15.179 and he lined up in the top five for the grid.

Race One
The first of the two 14 lap races took place in pouring rain. The riders were competing on a GP circuit and would cover a total of around 75 kilometres by the end of the race, possible the longest race most of them will have ever competed in.

Apart from the poor conditions the race must have felt even longer for Londoner Horsman as his bike developed a technical issue immediately the race started. He quickly dropped to fourteenth by the end of the second lap. His lap times were so
uncompetitive to the other riders he was more than 3 seconds a lap down. There was nothing he could do but nurse the bike through 14 laps of rain soaked track. He eventually brought the bike home 16 th and out of the points. Ogden, his main rival
came home fourth and extended his championship lead from 12 to 25 points.

Race Two
The weather was a vast improvement on the previous day. The sun shone and the track was dry. As the lights went out Horsman made a superb start bolting from fifth on the grid to second into the first turn. A few corners later and he worked his way by Brian Hart to take the race lead but he was unable to hold it. Horsman knew he had to beat his main rival Ogden and reduce the points difference to stand a chance of keeping the title alive.

Over the next few laps Fenton Seabright and Brian Hart managed to open a gap over the chasing four riders of Scott Ogden the championship leader, Cameron Horsman, Jack Nixon and Rhys Irwin. They regularly traded places which provided some excellent
racing to watch but also meant the front two of Seabright and Hart made a gap of three seconds at one point.

Later in the race Nixon dropped out of the chasing group of four as they began to reel in the leading two. Horsman needed to gain ground on Ogden, especially after the events of race one but the rider from Doncaster was always in the thick of the action in the chasing group.

In the second half of the race Horsman and Ogden began to drop Irwin as they caught Hart and Seabright at the front of the race. This made it a four-way battle for the race victory with just a couple of laps remaining. At turn 13 Horsman managed to move up to third position in the leading four.

As they started the last lap Scott Ogden headed the race through the first corner but no one was giving an inch. Down the back straight the riders were three abreast as Horsman was bravest on the brakes and flew into the race lead, followed by Brian Hart and Scott Ogden. Being at the front through the final few corners is not always the best place to be on a Moto3 machine but Horsman defended his line expertly and held on to take his fourth victory of the campaign.

With Ogden finishing third Horsman clawed back 9 points on the championship leader.

The title race is now between Scott Ogden and Cameron Horsman. Ogden has 192 points going into the final round at Silverstone, whilst Horsman sits on 176. The final round takes place on 23 to 25 August 2019 where the British Talent Cup Champion will be decided.

However, Horsman will see more Moto3 track action on 16 to 18 August 2019 as he tries to defend his championship lead in the British Motostar Championship at Cadwell Park.

Cameron Horsman said, “We suffered some bad luck yesterday with the mechanical problem. I arrived here just 12 points behind Scott but after yesterday the gap was 25 points. But that’s racing. It could have been Scott’s bike or someone else’s but
yesterday it was mine. I just knew I had to try my hardest today and try and hope there were as many riders as possible between me and Scott. I really enjoyed the victory because it was tough. Now we can go to Silverstone still with a chance of the title.”

Words: Jeremy Ryan

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