British Talent Cup class of 2018 decided at Silverstone


The wait is now over, and the class of 2018 for the first ever British Talent Cup has been decided

Around ninety riders attended the selection event today at the famous Silverstone circuit. It was a full day for the youngsters as they vied for a spot in the British Talent Cup 2018 championship.

One of the 22 young riders selected to line up next season is Cameron Horsman, who travelled to Silverstone for the Selection Event on Wednesday 24 August.

The championship has been set up as a stepping stone to the world stage of motorcycle racing. The races are going to be held at Dorna-run events such as MotoGP and World Superbike.

The Selection Event team – including Alberto Puig, Talent Promotion Director, Shuhei Nakamoto, Special Advisor, and Jeremy McWilliams, British Talent Scout -were looking for talent as well as speed, with improvement and skill just as valued as outright pace.

On Thursday 25 August the 22 riders accepted as full time entrants to the Cup in 2018 took part in the Day of Champions at Silverstone as they prepare for their next adventure – invited onto the stage for their first taste of the Road to MotoGP™.

HEL British Motostar Moto3 Standard – Rd 9 – Silverstone


This round of the season saw HEL Performance British Moto 3 class competing
on their own and not combined with the open class machines. There was
however some 30 competitors due to the addition of German riders competing
in the Northern European Cup. Points were awarded separately to both classes.
With the forecast for rain being correct, both free practices on Friday for the
Standard Class were in wet conditions. In first practice Cameron was 15 th
overall and 5 th out of the British riders; second practice saw him taking 7 th place
of the British riders.

After more inclement weather overnight the track on Saturday dried up before
qualifying; pushing hard from the start Cameron has some good sector times,
was leading at one stage and posting fastest lap. At the flag he was in 4 th place
out of the British riders and 10 th overall giving him a good grid position for the
first race later in the afternoon. There was further rain throughout the day but
the track once again was dry for the late afternoon race.

Race 1 was shortened to 8 laps and from the start Cameron was determined and
riding hard but was just not able to make up more ground on the first 7 riders,
and at the flag taking 4 th place in the British class and 8 th overall.
Sunday morning warm up was first of the day with Race 2 following mid-
morning. Despite grey skies and slight drizzle, things stayed dry. Cameron was
not too pleased at having to start 20th on the grid – this being the result of the
gap between him and the riders in front of him in Race 1. Once the lights went
out Cameron was determined to make up places in the field over the 10 lap race
managing to finish in 13 th place overall and 5 th place with the British riders.
Following the race Cameron said overall the weekend had been good, was
pleased with the results and his bike had performed well. Again thank you to
my Dad for all the preparation and work he does of the bike to get it race ready
and for taking me to races; also thank you to my family and everyone who
supports and encourages me.

HEL British Motostar Moto3 Standard – Rd 8 – Cadwell Park


Cadwell Park circuit long with the famous ‘Mountain’ well known to all riders
is 2.25 miles with corners, twists and narrow sections.

Friday free practice sessions remained dry although there was a shower about
40 minutes before the start of the second session. First practice saw Cameron
finish 5 th and in the second practice 2 nd overall in the standard class with the gap
between riders in both practices being very tight.

Qualifying again was dry and saw Cameron pushing hard getting in some good
sector times, making up places on the corners but just unable to hold the place
on the longer straights and finishing in 5 th place.

First race on Saturday, with good weather all riders for determined to get into
good positions. Despite the excellent track conditions there were 7 riders who
came off, fortunately with no injury. Cameron was riding hard, putting in some
good lap times trying hard to take fourth place from Charlie Atkins but took the
flag in 5 th place.

Sunday and despite some heavy showers earlier in the day the weather was fine
and the track dry for the Moto 3 riders. Wanting to improve on his Saturday’s
finish, Cameron was pushing hard from the start and riding well but got held in
traffic by slower Moto 3 riders on a couple of occasions and wasn’t able to push
forward. Taking 6 th place at the flag, picking up some valuable points to remain
in 6 th place overall in the championship .

After the race Cameron said he had enjoyed Cadwell and was pleased with the
weekend overall. Once again thank you to my Dad for all the work he does on
the bike to get it race ready and for taking me to races; also my family and
everyone who supports and encourages me.

HEL British Motostar Moto3 Standard – Rd 7 – Thruxton


From 1950 Thruxton has been used for motorsport and is one of the fastest
circuits in the BSB championship. This is a demanding circuit with long fast
straights, flowing corners and tight demanding and complex chicane sections.
Free practice started well then technical problems saw Cameron in the pits with
necessary work required prior to second free practice in the afternoon.
Qualifying on Saturday, putting in some good sector times and Cameron was in
7 th place in the standard class.

Saturday’s race and from the start Cameron was riding hard, determined to
make up some places and get a good result. Taking the flag in 5 th place.
Sunday’s race and again saw Cameron pushing hard and moving up the field,
however towards the latter stages of the race he began dropping back as a result
of his exhaust coming lose and finishing 9 th in the standard class but taking
some more championship points and retaining his 6 th place overall.

After the race Cameron said it was somewhat hot when the exhaust came lose
but I just kept going. Again thank you to my Dad for all the work he does on
the bike and taking me to race meetings, my family and everyone who supports

HEL British Motostar Moto3 Standard – Rd 6 – Brand Hatch


From the start of the weekend with free practice on Friday Cameron was
pushing hard for some good results putting in some good sector and lap times.

Qualifying on Saturday Cameron was reasonably happy with 6 th place in the
standard class and was hopeful of bettering this in first race during the
afternoon. However, due to bad weather conditions prior to the start of the race
was delayed with riders having to take shelter in the garages. With no let up to
the weather and dangerous track conditions the race was cancelled and
rescheduled as the last race on Sunday.

After the appalling weather on Saturday, Sunday was dry and track conditions
good. Sunday’s first race Cameron was determined and chasing hard, making
up places on the corners but struggling slightly on the straight. After a well
ridden race Cameron took the chequered flag in 6 th place in the standard class.
Saturday’s rescheduled race again saw Cameron take the chequered flag in 6 th
place to gain valuable championship points and retain his 6 th place in the

After the race Cameron said he would have liked to have had better results
despite riding hard and whilst gaining on the bends had lost ground on the
straights. However, points had been gained and I am looking forward to the
next round at Thruxton. Again, thank you to my Dad for his work on the bike,
my family and everyone who continues to support me.

HEL British Motostar Moto3 Standard – Rd 5 – Snetterton


After a two month break from racing and concentrating on GCSE exams,
Cameron was raring to get back out on the track on Friday for the two free
practice sessions on Friday. Weather and track conditions were good at the
3mile long Snetterton circuit, a former RAF airfield noted for its long fast
straights and variety of corners. In both sessions Cameron’s fastest laps came
towards the end of each.

Qualifying on Saturday morning with excellent track conditions saw Cameron
pushing hard but was only able to qualify 9 th in his class. However, in
Saturday’s race Cameron was able to make up some places finishing 6 th in the
Standard Class and gaining valuable championship points; the long straights
proving difficult for him against the smaller, lighter riders.
Sunday and from the start Cameron was pushing hard but again struggling on
the long straights, catching up on the corners he managed to make up two places
but was unable to hold off the smaller, lighter riders finishing the race in 10 th
place but gaining further valuable points and 5 th place in the Championship
Standard Class.

After the race Cameron said he was frustrated not to have had better results
despite riding hard, but Snetterton is a tough circuit for him at the moment with
the long straights. After not competing at Knockhill at least it’s good to come
away from this round with some points and I’m looking forward to Brands in
three weeks. Again thank you to my Dad for his work on the bike, my family
and everyone who supports me

HEL British Motostar Moto3 Standard – Rd 3 – Oulton Park


The three day weekend was off to a good start with good track and weather conditions. Due to a local requirement of no racing before 12noon on Sunday, sees Oulton having more practice sessions, less action on the track with only one race. Saturday’s free practice sessions saw Cameron pushing hard, putting in some good sector and lap times to finish 2 nd in the Honda Standard class in both sessions.

Free practice on Sunday and Cameron was determined to keep up the pressure but this was cut short by a crash. Both bike and rider suffered damage, the bike more so than the rider. With qualifying coming up later in day emergency repairs were undertaken allowing Cameron to get out onto the track to qualify in 5 th place after only six minutes of qualifying time.

A decision was taken not to go out for warm up on Sunday morning as due to the crash there was no spare wheel in reserve. After a wet early morning, weather and track conditions started to improve during late morning and by afternoon the track was dry. Sunday’s race and riders were on the grid; as the lights went out and bikes raced down the track there was an incident causing several riders to crash practically on the start line. The race was immediately red flagged to allow the emergency services attend to the injured riders. On restart the number of laps was reduced to 11; Cameron was in 7 th place but on laps 9/10 managed to pass two riders to finish 5 th overall in his class.

After the race Cameron said he had enjoyed the weekend and despite the problems was 3 rd in the championship after 3 rounds but would now have a two month break from racing, missing Knockhill, to concentrate on the forthcoming GCSE exams. A special thanks to my Dad for getting the bike repaired and ready for the race, also thank you to my family and all who support me.

HEL British Motostar Moto3 Standard – Rd2


Brands Hatch – Round 2 – 2017

The weekend got off to a good start for Cameron at the free practice sessions on Friday notching up some good laps and sector times finishing 4 th and 3 rd overall in the standard Honda class.

Saturday’s qualifying session again saw Cameron out on track and pushing hard; being held up in traffic with some of the slower Moto 3 riders he wasn’t able to move up finishing 4 th in his class.

By virtue of his lap time from Saturday, Cameron started Sunday’s race from 18 th on the grid. As the lights went out for the 16 lap race he was battling hard to move up through the field, gaining on some of the corners and at the flag again finishing 4 th and 15 th overall.

Monday’s race over 22 laps and determined for a podium place saw Cameron with the bit between his teeth from the start and up into 2 nd place before getting held up in traffic and dropping back to 4 th. On the final lap and making a move at the right moment Cameron passed Jack Scott to take 3 rd place by 0.04 second, finish the weekend at his home track on the podium and 3 rd place in the championship.

Cameron said, it has been a good weekend at my home track, great to have made it to the podium, thank you to Fab/Nova racing, my family and all who support me.

HEL British Motostar Moto3 Standard – Rd1


Donnington Park – Round 1 – 2017

A good weekend and start to the season for Cameron. Study and preparation for GCSE exams later in the year prevented any pre-season training and despite not arriving at the track until late on Thursday night. Friday practice saw Cameron out on the track riding for the first time since the end of last season but he was soon into the stride of things riding with determination. The qualifying sessions went well and Cameron’s confidence was building.

Saturday’s race saw Cameron pushing hard all the way and taking 3 rd place at the flag at the same time posting the fastest lap time of 1:42:807 for the Honda Standard machines.

Second race of the weekend on Sunday, as the lights went out Cameron was off to a good start and chasing the leaders of the standard class. After a well fought race, frustrated at being held up in traffic towards the end resulted finishing 4 th .

After the race Cameron said it was great being back on track and racing, he was pleased with the way the weekend had gone and having had a podium finish, looking forward to Brands in a fortnight’s time. This season is going to be a juggling act between racing and exams both of which I aim to do well in.
Thank you to my family and everyone for their support.

Tough end to 2016 for Cameron Horsman – Rd12


It was a difficult end to the 2016 season for Lewisham teenager Cameron Horsman, taking a seventh and tenth place finishes in his class in both races throughout the weekend at Brands Hatch

Cameron ended the free practice session on Friday sixth in class after posting a 1:39.096, only six tenths of a second behind third fastest standard man TJ Toms.

The afternoon’s first qualifying saw Horsman improve vastly in time, knocking off almost a full second posting a 1:38.155, leaving him fourth in class with one qualifying session remaining.

Come Saturday morning the teenager couldn’t improve in time, and dropped to seventh in class and 27th on the grid for the first race on Saturday afternoon.

From the lights Cameron made a fantastic start and picked up two places by the end of the second lap, and then became embroiled in a battle for fifth place in class.

The group of four riders swapped and changed places all race long, while Cameron posted his fastest lap of the weekend in the process, with him nicking 24th place on the final lap, and fifth in class.

By virtue of his lap time in Saturday’s sprint race Cameron moved up two places on the grid to 25th for Sunday’s feature race.

Cameron made a tough leap off the line and dropped five places on the first lap to 30th overall, the youngster then made his way through the field back into his grid position of 25th, until the final lap where he just lost out to Storm Stacey, taking the flag in 26th place and tenth in class.

After the weekend Horsman said: “This isn’t how I wanted to end the season, but I have to take the positives, I have consistently improved on my lap times and I have enjoyed two good races, even if the results haven’t showed it. This year has been up and down, we enjoyed a great first half but then the second half has been one to forget really.

“I have to thank all my family and sponsors for all their support this year, without them I wouldn’t be able to go racing and I can’t wait for 2017 now.”

Cameron finished the 2016 Hel Performance British Motostar Standard Championship in seventh place on 206 points.