Horsman finishes runner-up in second Moto3 British title this season

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After an incredible season that saw Cameron Horsman finish runner-up in the Dorna Sports British Talent Cup, Horsman scored 320 points to do the same in the British Motostar standard class Moto3 championship.

Out of 18 races, of which he didn’t compete in two this season, he won eight and stood on the podium a total of fourteen times. A DNF at the second visit to Oulton Park in September and another at Donington Park earlier this month are all that prevented him from lifting the championship title.

His reward for such a superb year is that he will be moving up to the Moto2 category of British Superbikes next season. We will bring you more details on that over the coming weeks.

Qualifying
Despite the tricky conditions from a damp track in both free practice sessions on Friday, Horsman set the fastest time in the Moto3 standard category. He went on to maintain his dominance in qualifying. Waiting in the garage until the track conditions
improved Horsman came out with 18 minutes of the 30-minute session remaining. Initially running fourth he returned to the pits for some adjustments. He’d lost some positions whilst in the garage but came back to fourth quickly enough on his exit. Then
on his last flying lap qualified on pole in the class.

Race One
The majority of the races this season have been a two-way fight between Horsman and Scott Ogden, but on this occasion Horsman’s teammate Harvey Claridge was also on the pace. Claridge led the race for the majority of the laps before Horsman and then Ogden made their way passed. Horsman needed the win to keep any hopes of the championship alive but with Ogden shadowing him across the line, his second place was enough to seal the title.
Horsman collected 25 points. Ogden’s twenty for second left him 27 ahead of Horsman
with just one race to go.

Race Two
Cameron Horsman was able to take the win in race two by more than nine seconds. It was his eighth of the season, more than any other rider in the series. Initially his teammate Harvey Claridge was able to keep pace with the London rider.
At the halfway stage Horsman was able to break-away and went on to take a comfortable final victory of his last race in Moto3.
Cameron Horsman said,” Firstly congratulations to Scott Ogden and his team. He has been a great adversary this year. We have both battled hard for the title but the racing has always been clean and fair. Clearly I am disappointed not to have won the title but I gave it everything and I am proud to have finished second and with eight race wins to
my name. There is little rest as now we are already starting the process of seeking funding and sponsorship for 2020.
I will be moving up to race in the Moto2 class, called British GP2 in British Superbikes next year. I hope to be able to give you some detail about that shortly.

Thank you so much for the support from Nova Racing Transmissions, Steve Patrickson and my family, and also all my followers on Facebook, Twitter and at the circuits. See you in 2020.”

Words: Jeremy Ryan

Photos: Bonnie Lane

Horsman’s fall in race one may have put title out of reach despite superb victory in race two at Donington

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Lewisham British Motostar Moto3 rider saw his chances of securing the British Motostar championship title take a set back after a crash on the last lap in race one, whilst challenging for the lead. His main rival was able to take a comfortable victory and the full 25 points. Horsman then made a superb start to race two and was leading by more than 25 seconds before a red flag meant a re-start. In the re-run he fought off a strong challenge from title rival
Ogden to take the race victory. Horsman had gone into the weekend 12 point in arrears. And whilst he remains second in the championship, he is 32 points behind Ogden with two races left.

Qualifying
After two free practice sessions on the Friday qualifying took place on Saturday morning. Although the track was dry and there wasn’t any wind the track temperature was a cool ten degrees.
With fifteen minutes of the thirty-minute session remaining Horsman was second but seven tenths behind the fastest rider, Jack Hart. Championship rival Scott Ogden was in fifth.
The clock was ticking but Horsman managed to put in a superb lap of 1:42.334 to go top and a tenth ahead of Hart. He further improved on his time finishing with a 1:41.289 which put him 0.838 seconds ahead of Ogden in second.

Race One
Clearly by Saturday afternoon the track temperature had improved and it was just under twenty degrees. Horsman got away well but was closely followed by Scott Ogden. The two pushed each other on but it was Horsman who crossed the line lap after lap a tenth or two ahead of the rider from Doncaster.
Then on lap 8 of 12 Ogden managed to make a move stick and took over at the front of the race. Now the number 72 of Horsman was doing the chasing as he managed to keep on the back wheel of Ogden.
As they went through the Melbourne Hairpin on the penultimate lap Hormsan managed to regain the race lead crossing the line 0.118 seconds ahead of Ogden to start the final lap.
Over the final 2 miles of the race Ogden again managed to pass Horsman. The rider from London was pushing hard as they approached the Melbourne Hairpin for the final time. This time a little too hard and as he turned the tight corner he lost the front end and crashed out of the race. Fortunately, he was unhurt but Ogden was able to take the win and stretch his lead to 37 points.

Race Two
Horsman lined up second for race two but made another great start as he took the lead in the Moto3 standard class into the first corner. It looked like Hormsan would benefit from some misfortune for his rival. Ogden had got caught up in an incident with two other riders. This caused him to run off into the gravel before returning to the track. Over the next few laps
Horsman opened a lead of more than twenty seconds over his nearest competitor and looked on for a comfortable win. Ogden was making his way through the field. However, there was a strong possibility he would drop a good number of points to Horsman.
Unfortunately for Horsman, the race was stopped just after halfway when the rain began to fall. With the riders on slicks the red flag came out and a 6 lap restart would take place.
Horsman had lost all his advantage for the restart as they lined up on the grid for a sprint race. Ogden made quick work of the few riders between him and Horsman and was soon on the back wheel of the Lewisham lad.
Despite briefly losing the lead Horsman held on to take a hard fought victory crossing the line 0.090 seconds ahead of Ogden.

Cameron Horsman said,” The fall in race one was a real blow. I pulled back five points in the last race but I am not thinking about the championship now. My aim is to try and win the final two races of the season. I’d like to thank SP125 and all my sponsors including Nova Racing.”

There are two more races at the final round of the British Motostar Standard class Moto3 Championship. These are held Brands Hatch in Kent on the weekend of the 18 to 20 October 2019.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

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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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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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Horsman cuts gap to championship leader to just 12 points

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With a race victory and a second place finish at Snetterton 300, Cameron Horsman has reduced the gap between himself and the championship leader. The Forest Hill rider shortened Ogden’s advantage by nine points over the weekend with four races of the season remaining.

Free Practice
First thing on Friday morning the British Talent Cup riders took to the Snetterton 300 circuit for the first of two 30-minute sessions. Cameron Horsman was quickly up to speed setting a 2:06.599, which put him at the top of the timesheet ahead of Swann and Farrer.
The second session was strange because the British weather was playing tricks. The organiser’s decided to send the riders out on wet tyres. However, no rain materialised and the track remained dry. It meant a rather frustrating 30-minute session of circulating with wet tyres on a dry track.

Qualifying
The qualifying session on Saturday morning was damp. Horsman initially struggled to find his rhythm and was moving between 11 th and 15 th position in the standings. With the clock ticking he needed to make a good lap time.
He found himself on the track with another quick rider, Fenton Seabright, and neither wanting to give a tow to the other. Horsman came into the pits returning to the circuit with around 12 minutes left.
He moved up to 13 th place with little over five minutes left. He was then bogged down with some slower traffic but managed to make some clear space with three minutes left. It was getting very late in the session but Horsman pushed on and managed to finish with the fourth best time.

Race One
Again the riders found themselves on wet tyres and a drying track for the 14 lap race. Horsman was quick off the grid and made up one place early on the first lap. As expected, Seabright who had secured pole position by some margin, immediately made a break at the front of the race. Initially Brian Hart went with him but crashed out.
Horsman was in the chasing group with Scott Swann, Jack Nixon and the championship leader Scott Ogden. By the middle of the race positions were changing frequently. The rider in third moved into second only to find they were then out dragged into turn one and discovered they were back down in fourth again.
The Forest Hill racer made a great move on lap eight as the four riders approached the corners of Brundle and Nelson. First switching left then right through the two corners he exited in second position once again.
As positions continued to swap he made another impressive overtake on the tenth lap. Showing a lot of faith in the front end of his Honda NSF250R he took a tight line through Riches to retake second for another time.
Such was the nature of the race, two laps later he was fourth. Ogden and Nixon had managed to overtake the 18-year-old. With Ogden looking to break away, Horsman was keen to get ahead of the championship leader to reduce his points deficit.
He tried on lap twelve at the end of the Bentley Straight as they approached Brundle once more, but Nixon shut the door. He then went round the outside at Coram which left Horsman and Nixon side by side. Horsman now had the inside line and was through and up into third place.
As they started the final lap Horsman wasted no time in drafting by Ogden and braking late into turn one. He was again in second position. More importantly he was in front of the championship leader. Horsman got the hammer down and managed to open a gap of four or five bike lengths over Ogden in third. The rider from Doncaster did his best to close up on Horsman but the Londoner held on to take the runner up spot, behind Fenton Seabright.
With Ogden finishing third Horsman managed to reduce the gap in the championship between them to 17 points.

Race Two
There were no difficulties with the tyres or the track for the Sunday morning race. The weather conditions were stable throughout the morning.
Horsman again made a good start to the race slotting into third position behind Fenton Seabright and Brian Hart. Seabright was looking to pull-away from the field as he did in race one. Fully away of this, Horsman made quick work of Hart moving up into second place on the second lap.
Horsman then closed the gap to the race leader and overtook him at the end of the Bentley Straight going into Brundle. Horsman and Seabright were then able to increase their lead at the front of the race until it reached more than five seconds.
The two again fought for the race lead but neither was able to open a gap over the other. Seabright was strong on the brakes into turn one whilst Horsman’s favourite manouvere was to pass going through the left hander of Brundle before flicking right into Nelson.
Further back the Championship Leader Scott Ogden was making gains in the pack of riders and by the halfway stage was running third.
Perhaps sensing that by fighting between themselves Ogden would be able to catch them, Seabright spent the final few laps tucked in behind Horsman. This enabled them to maintain the gap but also meant Horsman was susceptible to a last lap attack from Seabright.
Going into turn one on the final lap Horsman held the race lead. But still he couldn’t get any clear air between them. This time it was Seabright who made the most of the slipstream down the Bentley Straight. He took over the race lead as they rolled left into Brundle. Horsman pushed hard through Coram but was still in second. As they came to the final corner of
Murrays Seabright still had the edge.
As they entered however, Seabright was fighting for control of his front wheel. It moved a couple of times but he held it together. Then as he accelerated away and looked for the finish line he squeezed the throttle a bit too much and he high-sided out of the race.
It nearly ended in tragedy for both of them but Horsman expertly managed to avoid the falling motorcycle. He had to run onto the grass but kept calm and more importantly kept the bike upright.
Returning to the track, still at high speed, he was able to take his third win of the season. Scott Ogden was able to cross the line a distant second but Horsman had importantly taken another five points out of his championship lead.
The next round of the British Talent Cup takes place in the Czech Republic at the Brno circuit 2 nd to 4 th August. There are just four races remaining for Horsman to try and claw back the 12 points he trails the championship leader.

Cameron Horsman said,” It was great to get the win and these two results mean I have cut the gap between me and Scott. It is still a tall order, with just four races to go, but all we can do is think about our races, doing our best and trying to win as many as possible and see what happens. There’s not a lot of rest though as we are now up against each other in the British Motostar Championship at Thruxton and Cadwell Park.”

Words: Jeremy Ryan

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Two more rostrums for Cameron Horsman

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18-year-old Moto3 competitor Cameron Horsman stepped on the podium twice in round three of the British Talent Cup as he
incredible 2019 season continues.

Two hard-fought second places gave the Forest Hill motorcycle racer another 40 championship points which put him second
overall in the British Talent Cup.

After taking over at the top of the British Motostar standard Moto3 classchampionship in the British Superbike series a week
ago, Horsman went to Donington Park last weekend for the third round of the British Talent Cup. This standard Moto3
series organised by the rights holders of MotoGP, Dorna Sports, forms part of their Road to MotoGP. The best riders will
hopefully go on to race at World MotoGP or World Superbike level.

Unusually, Horsman struggled to match the pace of the fastest two riders in qualifying. He finished down in fourth some
0.631 seconds behind the pole-sitter.

However, in the first race he wasted no time with an excellent getaway from the grid.
He quickly moved into third position as the riders tipped into the first corner. It had rained about an hour before the race
started so the riders needed to be careful in the opening laps. There was only a thin dry line on the track surface early
on.

However, the three quickest riders soon broke away and it didn’t seem as if the track conditions were causing them too many
problems. With 13 of the 15 laps remaining Horsman hit the front of the race as he came out of the Schwantz Curve and headed
towards McLeans Corner.

The three at the front soon became a group of five as two other corners tagged on the back. Seabright took over at the front
and started to open a gap. But within four laps the chasing group had reeled him back in.

With 5 laps remaining Seabright crashed out of second. Despite setting one of his fastest laps on the penultimate lap
Horsman had to settle for second position at the finish line.

In the second race of the weekend it was again Ogden Seabright and Horsman who set off at the front of the race. The pace of
Seabright and Ogden seemed too much for Horsman in the early laps as he exerted all his efforts to stay in touch.

He dropped back almost a second from the leading two. At the halfway stage of the race he managed to improve his pace. He
went on to set some fast lap times and was able to claw back the gap to the leading two riders.

With six laps remaining, Horsman made a move up into second position into the Foggy Esses. He then took the race lead on the
penultimate lap overtaking race leader Scott Ogden. The lead changed several times on the final lap of the race. Ogden
returned to the front before Seabright overtook both Horseman and Ogden through the Melbourne Hairpin. Horsman missed out on
victory by a couple of bike lengths as he claimed his second podium finish of a thrilling racing weekend.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

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British Moto3 Championship lead for Cameron Hormsan

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The Forest Hill British Moto3 motorcycle racer, Cameron Horsman took his second race victory of the season with a win in the first race at Knockhill at the weekend. He then finished second in race two to take over at the top of the Championship. In a thrilling first race there was a four-way battle for the victory with Horsman coming out on top. In the second the conditions caused difficulties for everyone as rain fell in spurts during the race whilst the riders were all
lapping on dry tyres. Horsman’s main rival, Scott Ogden, suffered a mechanical issue so

Horsman sensibly brought the bike home in second, taking into account the conditions. He secured valuable points and the championship lead. Horsman now has an 8 point advantage. Horsman was competing on his Honda NSF250R standard Moto3 machine in the British Motostar series, a support class of the British Superbike Championship. This round involved a
long trip to Fife in Scotland where the 25 GP class and standard class riders competed on the short 1.3 mile Knockhill circuit.

Free Practice
Friday got off to a solid start in free practice. He set the second quickest lap time of 55.302 seconds. He was around 0.4 seconds behind the fastest rider in the standard class. He finished second again in FP2 but the gap to the front was less than two-tenths of a second.

Qualifying
The track had been resurfaced this year and whether that was having an effect on the riders concentration or not but many were found guilty of exceeding track limits. Throughout the half an hour qualifying session eleven riders had lapped times erased for exceeding track limits. Turns 3 and 7 were proving the most difficult. Whilst Horsman slipped outside on one
occasion he recorded plenty of laps within the acceptable track limits. The best of which was a 54.059 putting him third on the grid.

Race One
As we have often seen this season so far 18-year-old Cameron Horsman has been battling at the front of the races with Doncaster’s Scott Ogden. It was these two again but this time they were joined by Harvey Claridge and Charlie Farrer.
Initially Ogden and Claridge had the advantage. Horsman was third in the standard class but was caught up behind one of the slower riders on a faster GP machine. However, he made light work of overtaking the rider and by the end of the second lap was just 0.173 seconds behind the race leader Ogden. Determined to control the race and possible make a break Horsman
took over at the front before the end of the third lap.
He wasn’t able to breakaway as the tenacious Ogden re-took first place a lap later. Ogden maintained the lead with the four riders in close formation for the next eight laps or so. On lap 12 Horsman slipped to third as Farrer came through. The rider from County Durham briefly took the race lead as couple of laps later but quickly tumbled out. Horsman took full advantage and took the race lead. Ogden pressed him all the way to the finish line but the Londoner stood firm and took his second victory of the season.

Race Two
Despite his fall Charlie Farrer had set the fastest lap of race one so he was on pole. Horsman started second although he was two positions behind Farrer with a GP class rider sandwiched in between them on the combined grid.
From the start Hormsan pushed hard ending the first in second position behind rival Scott Ogden. It was the same four riders at the front of the race again. Ogden began to open a gap in the lead as Horsman, Claridge and Farrer fought for second position.
With around 6 of the 18 laps completed Claridge made his way ahead of Horsman and then into the lead as Ogden suffered a mechanical issue.
Horsman was running in a comfortable second as both he and Claridge started to drop the rest of the field. Rain then began to fall at the Scottish circuit. With all the riders on slick tyres the rain flags were being waved. Fortunately, the rain then eased off.
Horsman’s main rival in the championship was back out on track but he was so far behind there was no point in taking any risks. As the rain returned the number 72 of Horsman decided to sit in second place and collect twenty points rather than risk throwing it all away on a risky fight for the race win.
Horsman came across the line in second. Ogden was down in ninth when the race was red-flagged because of the weather conditions.

Cameron Horsman said, “It has been a great weekend. Steve Patrickson and the team gave me a great bike again. Race one was really exciting as there were four of us battling for the win. In race two I was a bit fortunate after Ogden had a problem so I was able to just be sensible and think about crossing the line rather than needing the race win.”
Cameron Horsman will be back on track at Donington Park on 5 – 7 July. This time however, it will be in the British Talent Cup, another Moto3 championship but run by the organisers of MotoGP. He is currently second in that championship.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

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