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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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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Bittersweet for Horsman despite a race victory at Donington Park

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Forest Hill Moto3 racer Cameron Horsman took his second race victory of the season at Donington Park National circuit last weekend in round two of the British Talent Cup. It looked like he would be back on the podium in the second race until an over ambitious move by another rider, at the final chicane, saw Horsman skittled out through no fault of his own.

The 18-year old had led the championship overnight but left Donington Park a little disappointed as his main rival took the win in race two. Horsman now finds himself second in the standings some 20 points behind the leader.

Free Practice
Conditions were good for both free practice sessions on Friday. In the first thirty minute session Horsman ended the session third fastest overall. In the second he cut six-tenths off his lap time as he grew in confidence with his Moto3 machine on the circuit and ended the day on top with a time of 1:15.109.

Qualifying
Early on Saturday morning Horsman and the other 21 British Talent Cup riders were back out on the two-mile Donington National Circuit. The important qualifying session would determine where the riders started in both races this weekend. Horsman was always in the top positions of a tightly fought contest. In the end he had to settle for fourth place missing out on the front row by just 0.017 seconds.

Race One
Horsman didn’t get the holeshot but quickly moved into the race lead at the Old Hairpin on lap one. The riding was hard but fair as three or four riders battled for the lead over the next 24 laps. Charlie Farrer, Fenton Seabright and then later on Scott Ogden all posed serious questions of Horsman.

But it was the London rider that got to the front on the final lap and held on to take the race victory and put himself five points clear of main title rival Ogden.

Race Two
The riders were all prepared to start a 24 lap race on slick tyres when the rain fell at Donington. The organisers quickly declared it a wet race and all the bikes were changed to wet tyres. As you would expect with the British weather the sun then came out as the shortened 16 lap race began.

Cameron Horsman wasted no time, and was clearly confident in the mixed conditions as he took the lead into the first corner. Initially, Horsman was battling with Fenton Seabright for the lead. Horsman’s main rival Ogden came through the field to join the leading two riders to form a group of three at the front. By the end of the sixth lap Horsman had managed to open a gap of around a second over his two rivals but Ogden then managed to pass Seabright and the two chasing riders quickly closed down the lead Horsman had made.

The rain flag came out as spots began to fall again and the pace at the front of the race began to drop. The three front runners were later caught by two other riders making it a group of five on the final lap.

Unfortunately, one of those riders braked too late into the final chicane and lost control of his bike. Horsman who was tucked in behind the race leader Ogden was the innocent victim as the fallen rider’s bike slid into his sending him tumbling out of the race.

Cameron Horsman said, “The weekend started really positively and we seemed to be in control. Although we qualified fourth I knew we had the race pace. It worked perfectly in race one and was looking good in race two until I was taken out. From podium to nothing is a bit hard to take but that is racing. We have to stay positive and do our best again in the next round.”

His next race is at Brands Hatch on 14 to 16 June 2019 in the British Motostar Championship.
The British Talent Cup continues in July, again at Donington but this time on the GP circuit.

Words: Jeremy Ryan

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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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Valencia race report – British Talent Cup

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Cameron Horsman ended the British Talent Cup season narrowly missing out on a podium with a fourth and sixth place. With 23 more points from the final round Horsman finished a fantastic sixth overall.

The final round took place at the famous Ricardo Tormo circuit in Valencia. There were difficulties from the start with poor weather. After a wet free practice one the second session was eventually cancelled due to track conditions.

Qualifying took place the next day but Horsman struggled in the tricky conditions finishing with only the 14 th best lap time.

Race One
Come the start of the first 17 lap race on the Friday, he made a couple of positions on the opening lap. Despite the rain and spray he continued to push on moving into the top ten by the end of the second lap at Valencia. He was more than one and a half seconds behind the next rider in front.

With a rainbow coming out during the race Horsman got himself in a group of eight riders battling for third place. With six to go he had worked himself in to sixth position but he wasn’t done yet.

With three laps of the 17 remaining Horsman overtook Joshua Whatley to take the final podium spot. He was unable to shake off the youngster though and on the final lap Whatley overtook Horsman and managed to make a small gap between the two of them. At the flag Horsman had to settle for fourth, but it was a superb result when you take into account where he started.

Race Two
Another 17 lap encountered occurred on the Saturday but this time the track was dry. The riders had had very little dry track time so it was going to be interesting to see how they did. Horsman made a superb start to climb to sixth position at the start of the race gaining 8 places on the opening lap. He was firmly embedded in a group of riders that went on to chase Max Cook down in third position. The battle then became a six-way fight for the final podium place with positions changing lap after lap and corner after corner.

At one stage Horsman had worked his way to third place, overtaking Brian Hart and Max Cook on the way.

In such close quarters Horsman was unable to break away and eventually crossed the line in sixth place to end a very successful weekend and season in the British Talent Cup.

Horsman said, “That was a great weekend even if I did just miss the podium. The season has been fantastic and I would like to thank everyone at the British Talent Cup for putting on such a superb championship and giving me this opportunity.”

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Words: Jeremy Ryan

Horsman finishes season on the podium

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After 18 races the Hel Performance British Motostar season drew to a close at Brands Hatch last weekend. Forest Hill Moto3 racer Cameron Horsman secured a podium in the final race despite awful racing conditions with standing water on the track.

The second place result was his third podium of the season and he finished sixth, tied on points with the rider in fifth. That rider had a race victory which gave them the advantage over Horsman.

Free Practice
Conditions were good if somewhat windy for Friday’s two free practice sessions. In the morning session Cameron Horsman clocked the third best time a 1:38.610. In the afternoon his times were almost identical and he ended the day fifth overall.

Qualifying
Horsman reduced his lap time during the 30-minute qualifying session. After completing 13 laps the Londoner saved the best until last posting a 1:37.684 which put him fourth fastest in the standard category and only half a second behind the pole- sitter.

Race 1
The number 72 of Horsman was involved in a ten lap battle which involved Thomas Strudwick, Scott Ogden and T-Fox Moreton. On lap four he managed to move into second place behind race leader Max Cook but the group of riders was very closely matched. Strudwick managed to overtake in the middle of the race before Ross Turner came through three laps from the end. Horsman crossed the line in fifth.

Race 2
Horsman has proved previously that he is competitive in the wet and he needed to be at his best in treacherous conditions on Sunday. The 12 lap race had standing water on certain parts of the circuit and almost half of the standard class field failed to make the finish line. Horsman kept a steady head and was quickly into fourth place in the early laps of the race. He then moved into third place on lap four. Continuing to negotiate the tricky, slippery surface whilst many around him tumbled out Horsman eventually crossed the line in a fantastic second place to end the season with his best result of the season.

Cameron said,” After the British Talent Cup weekend I came him full of confidence. I
was a bit disappointed in race one that I missed out on the podium after a good start so was even more determined on Sunday. I seem to do alright in the wet weather so I was relatively calm about racing and perhaps that was a good thing as many people crashed out. It has been a while since I have stood on the Motostar podium and to end the year with a second place is a great feeling. Thank you to all my sponsors and supporters. As soon as I can I will let you know about my plans for 2019.”

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Words: Jeremy Ryan