Dutch Double For Horsman At Assen

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On the back of a win at Oulton Park, Cameron Horsman travelled to Assen fuelled up and determined to further close the championship gap on Scott Ogden.

Weather conditions were good and going into Free Practice 1 on Friday saw the South London rider pushing hard from the start around the 2.8 mile Iconic TT Circuit which is familiar to him. At the end of free practice Horsman finished ahead of Ogden with Harvey Claridge in third place.

Free Practice 2 saw a similar battle with the result reversed, Horsman finishing second to Ogden and showing the rivalry between these two riders.

Qualifying on Saturday morning and again the close battle was fought out on the circuit resulting in the first row of the grid for the Standard class machines being Odgen on Pole, Horsman second and Claridge third.

Race 1 on Saturday and from the start the two championship leaders were battling for supremacy, fighting side by side and changing places frequently throughout the race. On the final lap the Lewisham rider made his move and on the drag to the finish passed Ogden to claim the race win with Harvey Claridge coming home in third place. This was a great start to the weekend for SP125 racing and Steve Patrickson having two riders on the podium in first and third places.

Sunday and Race 2 saw Horsman make another great start from lights out as he again battled with Ogden. This was almost a re-run of Race 1 with the two riders again racing side by side and neck and neck. At the last corner Horsman again made his move, held his nerve and pace to take the chequered flag, his second win of the weekend and the fastest lap. Ogden took second place and Franco Bourne third place with another success for SP125 racing again with two riders in first and third places.

After the race Horsman said “It’s been a superb weekend here at Assen, two race wins and ten points closer to the championship leader. Also a repeat of my first double at Assen in 2015. Thank you to all my supporters and sponsors, my father, Nova Racing and SP125 Racing.”

With four races to go the Lewisham Rider is on 245 points, 12 points short of the championship leader. The penultimate round is at Donington Park 4 – 6 October.

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Victory in race two keeps Horsman in title race despite crash in first race

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It was a topsy-turvy weekend for Lewisham racer Cameron Horsman at Oulton Park last weekend. Having recently finished runner-up in the British Talent Cup 2019 Horsman was looking to keep himself in the championship race in another British Moto3 Championship.

Competing in the British Motostar, a standard Moto3 support series of the British Superbikes Championship Horsman started the weekend second. However, a crash at Hislops with three laps remaining saw he slip a huge 26 points behind championship leader Scott Ogden. The damage was reduced in race two when Horsman took a superb hard fought win in the second race. He sits third overall, three points behind the rider in second and twenty-two behind the
series leader.

The weekend started with rain and a wet free practice one. Although Horsman did go out there was little to be gained in the conditions. In free practice two the conditions had improved but the track was not dry enough for slicks. Horsman’s 1:48.270 put him second on Friday night.

Qualifying
The riders returned to the 2.7 mile (3.6 km) circuit early on Saturday morning for the thirty- minute qualifying session. Horsman left it ten minutes for track conditions to improve before venturing out. After his first few laps he was a second behind the fastest rider in third position.
With six minutes remaining he again came back on track and cut the gap significantly ending qualifying in second overall with a 1:54.573, just 0.6 behind the quickest rider.

Race One
In the first race Horsman made a good start and quickly took the race lead. As has been the case all season Scott Ogden and Cameron Horsman have battled at the front of the race. Here it was no different as the two quickly pulled a gap over the remainder of the standard Moto3 field.

Ogden and Horsman were crossing the start finish line just thousandths of a second apart lap after lap. Unfortunately, for Horsman an error going into Hislops on lap nine saw him lose the front end and he crashed out whilst battling with Ogden for the race lead. The allowed his rival to ease off and take a comfortable 25 points and open a 27-point gap over the Londoner.

Race Two
Once more Horsman got off the line well taking the lead from Ogden on the opening lap. It quickly became a two-horse race as Horsman and Ogden again dropped the field behind them.

Ogden and Horsman rode with skill and respect as they both battled for the race win. On the final lap the two were neck and neck at the start of the lap. Horsman then managed to edge in front but his rival was not giving up. As they approached the final corner Ogden tried to make a move on Horsman but the number 72 held on to pick up win number three of the season and claw back five of the points lost from race one.

Cameron Horsman said,” I had good pace in both races but the fall in race one was costly. The win in race two was important mentally as well as for the points. Although I am twenty-two points behind I will be doing my best to try and win the championship. I’d like to thank all my sponsors including Nova Racing.”

Horsman now sits on 195 points, twenty-two behind Scott Ogden. There are still three rounds and six races left of the championship with the next stop being the TT circuit in Assen on 20th to 22 nd September.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

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Photos: Bonnie Lane