Two more rostrums for Horsman in Donington thriller

18-year-old Moto3 racer Cameron Horsman stepped on the podium twice in round three of the British Talent Cup at Donington Park last weekend.

Two hard-fought second places gave the Forest Hill motorcycle racer another 40 championship points, putting him second overall in the British Talent Cup.

After taking over at the top of the British Motostar standard Moto3 class championship 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 series for standard Moto3 bikes is where the best riders will hopefully go on to race at World MotoGP or Superbike level.

Unusually, Horsman struggled to match the pace of the fastest two riders in qualifying only managing to put his Honda in 4th, 0.631 seconds off pole.

An excellent start in race one saw him move into 3rd behind Scott Ogden and Fenton Seabright as they tipped into the first corner with the top three riders breaking away at the front in tricky track conditions thanks to an earlier rain shower.

Two laps down and Horsman hit the front exiting Schwantz Curve, though their group of 3 had now become 5 with Seabright soon taking his turn to lead the pack.

Five laps to go and Seabright crashed out of second and despite a blistering late race pace, 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. The pace of Seabright and Ogden seemed too much for Horsman in the early laps as he struggled to stay in touch.

Improving his pace as the race reached half distance he was able to claw back the gap to the leading two riders and 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 Ogden. The dueling pair traded places several times before Seabright overtook both them both through the final corner to take the win with Horsman missing out on victory by a couple of bike lengths as he claimed his second podium finish of the weekend.

Photos: Bonnie Lane

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