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.
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.
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.
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