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.
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.
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
Images: Bonnie Lane