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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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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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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Two podiums for Horsman in British Moto3 championship

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18-year-old Cameron Horsman competed in two British Motostar races at Brands Hatch last weekend. The British moto3 championship sees all the riders compete on standard Honda NSF250R machines. In both races he finished second. The rider from forest Hill is second overall in the championship on 85 points.

Free Practice
Cameron Horsman had just enough time to complete four laps of the Brands Hatch GP circuit in free practice one. However, his lack of track time during the session wasn’t because of a mechanical problem but because Horsman was finishing his last A-level. He finished tenth quickest.

Free of his academic duties for the second free practice session Horsman registered a time of 1:37.665 which placed him second at the end of the first day.

Qualifying
31 riders took to the Brands Hatch GP circuit for qualifying, first thing on Saturday morning. Horsman began to wind up his speed throughout the session. He called into the pits to make some minor adjustments before setting a series of fast laps at the tail end qualifying. He broke below the 1:38 barrier in qualifying with a best lap of 1:37.972. This put him fourth in the standard Moto3 class.

Race One
There was a 12 lap race on the Saturday. Horsman made a solid start to the race and was hotly pursued by Charlie Farrer. Their main rival in the race, Scott Ogden tagged on to the back of a GP class rider. As Farrer and Horsman disputed second place Ogden was able to continue to pull away at the front of the standard class race. As it came to the final few laps and after several changes of position Horsman came through Clearways and out dragged Farrer to the line to take a hard fought second place.

Race Two
The track for race two was dry despite earlier rain and all the riders lined up on slick tyres. Horsman again got away well. This time Farrer had a technical issue and retired from the race early. However, Horsman couldn’t rest because he had three other standard class riders in close contention. Again the race leader Ogden was able to breakaway so Horsman did his best
to manage his position. Despite the close attentions of Franco Bourne, Harvey Claridge and Rhys Irwin during the race Horsman held them off to take another second place.

Cameron Horsman said, “It was good to be on the podium again as I was under pressure from Charlie in the first race then several riders in race two. This week we couldn’t keep the pace of Scott Ogden but there are plenty more races to come. I wanted to say thanks to Nova Engineering and Steve Patrickson at SP125 for a great bike.”

His next race is at the Scottish circuit of Knockhill on 28 – 30 June.

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Words: Jeremy Ryan
Photos: Bonnie Lane

Cameron Horsman celebrated his 18th birthday early with victory

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Cameron Horsman celebrated his 18 th birthday early with victory at Oulton Park in the British Motostar Moto3 category of the British Superbike series.

The Forest Hill rider, who will celebrate his 18 th birthday this week, took a race win and a second in the British Moto3 standard class at Oulton Park at the weekend.

The bank holiday weekend began with cloudy skies for the British Motostar Moto3 riders. This didn’t dampen Cameron Horsman’s spirits. The Forest Hill racer arrived here off the back of his first win in nearly two years in the British Talent Cup, where he is joint leader of the championship.

Free Practice
Late morning the Moto3 machines were started up for the first free practice session on Saturday. In FP1 he completed 8 laps setting a best time of 1:50.011. There was another free practice session during the afternoon. With the track conditions better than the morning Horsman was able to cut his lap time to 1:49.325 ending the day second fastest just 0.077 shy of the leading rider.

Qualifying
On Sunday the 16 standard class Moto3 riders, including Horsman, embarked on their 25- minute qualifying session. This is where the real business of the weekend began. It became a battle between Scott Ogden and Cameron Horsman, both winners at the recent British Talent Cup race, as to who would start on pole position. In the end Horsman took the honours with a lap time of 1:49.293.

Race One
Horsman made a good start to the 10 lap sprint race leading Scott Ogden across the line at the end of the first lap. The London rider managed to maintain the race lead for the first seven laps. Ogden then took over at the front but Horsman wasn’t done yet. He held on to the back wheel of Ogden before regaining the race lead on the very last lap. Horsman pushed on and crossed the finish line 0.155 seconds ahead of Ogden to take the opening Moto3 standard class victory of the 2019 season.

Race Two
If race one had been breathtaking from the first lap, the second was no less so but this time because Horsman had to chase down a gap of over four seconds. His main rival of the weekend, Scott Ogden, managed to make a better start. Whilst Ogden pulled away in the race lead Horsman was tangled up with Farrer in third, who traded places with the Forest Hill rider over the opening laps. Ogden was able to build a gap of 4.2 seconds over Horsman.

As the race continued Horsman managed to drop Farrer behind and began to reel in Scott Ogden out front. By the tenth lap Horsman had caught the back wheel of Ogden. The two then continued their battle, from the day before, over the final four laps.

This time Horsman had to settle for second place missing out on a double victory by 0.096 seconds. Although they have only completed the first round Horsman is joint leader of both the British Motostar and British Talent Cup championships.

Cameron Horsman said, “I am delighted to have got a win and a second this weekend. Thanks to Steve Patrickson who prepared a superb bike for me. I would like to thank my sponsors Nova Racing.”

His next race is at Donington Park in the second round of the British Talent Cup.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

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