Double podium success for Cameron Horsman

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On Saturday, Lewisham’s Cameron Horsman, took his first podium in the British GP2 Cup, when he finished third. Then on Sunday the Chassis Factory / Nova Go Racing rider went one step further finishing second in this Moto2 support series of the British Superbikes Championship.

Qualifying
After two free practice session on the Friday the 19-year-old had ended the day seventh fastest in the GP2 category. During qualifying Horsman managed to reduce his best lap time from Friday by three-tenths. His fastest time, a 56.686 came on lap 15 of 18 he completed during qualifying. This put him 4th in the GP2 category and 17th overall in the combined British GP2 Cup / Supersport start grid.

Race One
The first race of the weekend was an 18-lap Sprint Race of the 1.6 mile Silverstone National circuit. Horsman made a satisfactory start holding his position on the opening lap. He then managed to make up two places on lap four. The number 72 continued running in fourth spot in the GP2 class up to the middle of the race.

Horsman then caught and overtook fellow GP2 rider Dan Jones. Although in third place he didn’t sit back. He had found a good rhythm and began to close in on the number 86 of Charlie Nesbitt.

With two laps to go he overtook Nesbitt to move into second spot. Nesbitt hit back the following lap and although Horsman pushed hard he could not find a way back and crossed the line 0.061 seconds behind for what was a superb third place.

Race Two
Race one had already proved a fantastic result for the rider from Lewisham but Horsman achieved an even better result in race two.

The feature race was 26 laps long with Horsman starting 16th on the grid and 5th in the GP2 class. Caught up in the frantic opening corners he slid to 6th in the GP2 category on the opening lap.

It didn’t take long for him to find his stride though. On lap three he was running 16th overall and was the 4th GP2 machine in the race after passing team mate Tom Oliver.
Shortly after the safety car was deployed after a three rider crash. Horsman found himself riding in third position just behind Charlie Nesbitt in second and Alastair Seeley who led the GP2 class.

After several laps the safety car pulled into pit lane and the now bunched up field were racing again. Nesbitt overtook his team mate Seeley and led the GP2 category. On lap 14, just after the halfway point of the race, Horsman also overtook Seeley to move into second spot.

By the end of lap 14 Horsman was right on the back wheel of Nesbitt and fighting for the lead. Unfortunately for Nesbitt, he suffered a mechanical issue and had to retire. Horsman was now out front but right behind him were the experienced Seeley and Chassis Factory Nova Racing team mate Tom Oliver.

Horsman briefly overtook the Westmoreland putting the supersport rider between him and the other two GP2 riders but Westmoreland quickly regained the position. The next time Horsman overtook Westmoreland the other two GP2 riders were able to follow.

Horsman was able to manage the pressure of the two rivals behind well. He looked set for a possible first British GP2 Cup victory. Unfortunately, on the penultimate lap a Supersport rider suffered an issue with his bike and Horsman had to ease off. This enabled his team mate Oliver to ride round the outside of them and take the race lead.

Horsman had to settle for second place at the flag but it had been a superbly successful weekend for the youngster from Lewisham.

Cameron Horsman said, “It was great to achieve my first podium. Even better to make it two in the same weekend! I’m not too disappointed to miss out on the win as it went to my team mate. The bike was superb so I must thank Chassis Factory and Nova Go Racing. We just got faster and faster all weekend. I set my best lap time of the weekend in the final race.”

Cameron Horsman is fifth in the championship standings on 67 points.

The fourth round of the series takes place at Oulton Park from the 18th to 20th September.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

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High five for Horsman

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British Moto2 racer, Cameron Horsman, was back in action last weekend in the British GP2 Cup, a support series of the British Superbike Championship. Competing at the Snetterton 300 track in Norfolk he managed a fifth place finish in the first race before a technical issue halted further progress in race two.
The 19-year-old from Lewisham is in his first season of Moto2 and had already shown early promise finishing fourth and ninth in his first two races in the class at Donington park two weeks ago.
Along with the other riders, Horsman had to face another challenge on Friday with strong winds gusting across the circuit during the free practice sessions on Friday. He finished the first session in 8th as he familiarised himself with the circuit before making significant progress on the afternoon to end the day in 7th overall.

Qualifying
On Saturday the bright blue sky spotted with sunlit white clouds may have looked impressive but the wind had calmed little from the day before. Late morning the 33 riders of the Supersport and GP2 classes went out on to the blustery Norfolk circuit for their qualifying session. Horsman made good progress running 6th in his class with around five minutes to go. Despite improving his lap time with a 1:55.591 by the end of the session he slipped to 25th on the grid and 9th in the GP2 class.

Race One
Saturday afternoon the riders competed in the 12 lap Sprint Race. Horsman maintained position in the opening laps. The Chassis Factory / Nova Go Racing rider then sought about hunting down Jake Archer ahead. They were part of a train of ten riders with positions changing on a regular basis, As the race went on Horsman became involved in a five GP2 rider battle for fourth spot. He continued to battle with Archer and also Mason law among others. At the chequered flag Horsman crossed the line and was rewarded with a fifth place finish.

Race Two
The riders returned to the 15 lap Feature Race on Sunday afternoon and thankfully, the wind had dropped significantly. With the grid set up based on the lap times of yesterday’s race Horsman was 3rd in the GP2 class and 13th on the combined Supersport / GP2 grid. Unfortunately, Horsman was unable to make the most of this opportunity as on the second lap he had a technical problem and was forced to retire from the race.

Cameron Horsman said, “I really enjoyed racing this weekend. On Saturday we managed to get a top five finish. We got faster all weekend and in race one I had a better lap time than I did in qualifying. Obviously race two was not in the script but these things happen in racing.”

The third round of the series takes place on the Silverstone National Circuit on the 4th to 6th September.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

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Horsman narrowly misses podium on Moto2 debut

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Lewisham’s Cameron Horsman made a remarkable start to his Moto2 career at Donington Park last weekend. Racing for a new team on a new bike he narrowly missed out on a podium in his first Moto2 race. He ended the weekend with 20 championship points and plenty of confidence for round two.

Cameron Horsman moved up to the Moto2 class in British Superbikes Championship in 2020.
In 2019, the Lewisham rider finished a superb year as runner-up in both the British Talent Cup and British Motostar Moto3 series.

Now racing on a Chassis Factory Moto2 for Nova Go Racing team Horsman qualified 8 th in the Moto2 category. With the Moto2 bikes racing alongside the Supersport class he started 23 rd onthe combined grid.

Race One
Horsman made a blistering start to the 20 lap race making up four places of the start line and moving into 8 th place in the GP2 class. He managed to open a gap back to Jake Archer, one of his GP2 rivals and concentrated on closing the gap to Joey Thompson on the Spirit Moto Corsa ahead.

At the halfway stage of the race, Horsman had caught and overtaken Thompson to move into 6 th overall. He then went on to pass Dan Jones moving up to 5 th in the category.

As he continued to push on he got into a battle with team mate Tom Oliver. The two eventually found themselves competing for the final podium position with Horsman missing out by just 0.094 seconds at the line.

Race Two
The grid for race two was based on the fastest lap times from race one. Horsman lined up 17 th on the combined Supersport/GP2 grid. Although Horsman made a good start he was unable to make the same kind of progress as he did in race one. He struggled with the bike settings and gearing.

He spent a long time battling with Jake Archer and eventually crossed the finish line in 9 th position.

Horsman took 20 points away from round one and looks forward to the next round of British GP2 Cup is at Snetterton on the weekend of 21 st to 23 rd August.

Cameron Horsman said,” I want to thank Nova Go Racing for the opportunity and continued support. This is a completely new category and you have to ride the Moto2 very differently to the Moto3 I was used to. The year has been difficult for everyone with the COVID 19 virus so I am just glad to be riding again. To come so close to a podium in my first race was fantastic. I
am already looking forward to the Snetterton round.”

Words: Jeremy Ryan

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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

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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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