The MotoGP championship started in dramatic fashion once again as a train of riders battled for the lead until the last corner. Marc Márquez tried his best but finished second by less than 0.100s to 2018 winner Andrea Dovizioso.
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Cameron Horsman struck back on Sunday at Silverstone, taking victory in Race 2 to equal Saturday winner Scott Ogden on points at the top of the table and make an early statement of intent for 2019. Lessons were learned after leading much of Race 1 and taking a podium on Saturday, with Horsman pitching it to perfection to defend his lead in Race 2 in the final section of the final lap – but it was as close as ever and victory was his by virtue of just 0.048 seconds. Jack Hart was the man menacing just behind, with Ogden completing the podium after once again proving a frontrunner throughout.
It was Ogden who took the holeshot from pole, once again seeming to get a slightly slower start than Fenton Seabright alongside him on the grid but ultimately emerging ahead and taking an early lead. Also similarly to Race 1, it was a freight train at the front as the veterans were able to pull a gap on the rookies and the squabble began. There was also some additional drama at the front as Charlie Atkins, starting on Row 2, jumped the start, and he had to head in for a ride through penalty.
That left a front group of 12 becoming 11, with Race 1 podium man Brian Hart then crashing out – rider ok – and Elliott Pinson pulling into the pits to make it a front freight train of nine. And Horsman was once again eager to lead after making good progress to the front once again, with Seabright the man slipping down in the group slightly – and Ogden and Jack Hart getting themselves into position as the final few laps dawned.
It was Horsman, Hart, Ogden over the line for the final lap and Hart attacked immediately into Turn 1, before Horsman hit back at the first opportunity. Jack Nixon then looked like he was going to try a multi-buy manoeuvre into Brooklands, but he couldn’t quite make it stick as Hart was able to stay ahead and Horsman hung it round the outside to hang on to the lead. Ultimately, he’d manage to do just that to the line – but Hart was tucked in close behind round the final corner and it was incredibly close as the two blasted towards the chequered flag. 0.048 separated them over the line, just in favour of Horsman as he shut the door to avoid losing out to another pickpocket move on Sunday.
Just behind that duel for the win, Ogden had been able to get past Nixon and secure third, although the points haul for fourth is a valuable one for Nixon after he failed to score in Race 1. Charlie Farrer completed the top five to put him third overall in the standings by virtue of his consistency, just ahead of Irishman Rhys Irwin both on track in Race 2 and in the Championship.
Harvey Claridge made some gains on his Race 1 to take P7 on Sunday, beating Fenton Seabright after he faded slightly towards the end. Scott Swann was a few tenths off by the flag but took eighth, the last of the lead group. Jamie Davis took P10, ahead of Atkins’ solid comeback after his ride through and jump start as he came home P11.
In the fight for top rookie it was once again Torin Collins who took top honours, taking twelfth and some solid points as he beat Corey Tinker by less than a tenth. Jamie Lyons wasn’t too far off the two either and had been ahead at times during the race, and the second Irishman in the field took P14. Harry Leigh completed the points.
So in the points standings, it’s perfect parity at the top after Round 1 with Ogden and Horsman both on 41 – but the former the Championship leader thanks to his pole position. Farrer is third and Irwin fourth, with Brian Hart leading Jack Hart just behind as both Harts had a DNF and a P2 across the course of the weekend. How will it change next time out? Another thriller of a weekend races round Donington Park at the end of May, with another 50 points up for grabs in Round 2.
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Scott Ogden took the first win of the 2019 British Talent Cup in style at Silverstone, converting his first pole position into his first victory and fighting off a good group of frontrunners to get the job done. It was a close fight for the top step, however, with six riders within two tenths over the line and the podium completed by Brian Hart and Cameron Horsman, split by only 0.002.
Ogden got the holeshot from pole despite initially seeming to bog down, and the number 4 set out his intent from the start as he was a constant frontrunner and threat. With a big group all close on the first lap – and no big drama with a clean start – it was Ogden and fellow front row starter Fenton Seabright initially duelling, but they had some close company from the likes of Horsman and the group behind; the number 23 making a stellar start from a little further back on the grid.
Seabright seemed eager to lead in the first few laps, and looked like he’d be a key protagonist throughout the race. But the front group lost him from the fight as he was collected after a crash for Elliott Pinson, and the lead group became nine, occasionally six, as those just behind would catch the fight and then fade slightly back off them again.
As it came down to the latter stages, it was Horsman in the lead and Scott Swan making some choice moves and headlines in the group on the chase, he another who made some serious progress up from his starting position. The number 23 of Horsman had just enough breathing space at the front, however, and it seemed as though he’d have a chance to break away. But even as those just behind squabbled, it wasn’t quite enough and the gap kept the group close but not quite close enough – until Ogden really pulled the pin. First fighting through to the front of the chasing pack, the number 4 then unleashed a lap half a second quicker than Horsman to immediately reel him in. Not wasting much time attacking, it became an almighty fight for the win.
Despite positions swapping constantly throughout the group, it was Horsman vs Ogden at the front and Ogden ahead over the line as the last lap began. Horsman attacked quickly, but maybe too early as the number 4 machine behind was then able to make a pass and make it stick to lead into the final corner – as Brian Hart then pounced in the aftermath for a perfect pickpocket move on Horsman to takeover in second. Ogden crossed the line a tenth clear, with Hart able to hang on for an impressive P2, pipping Horsman to the line by just two thousandths.
Charlie Farrer took fourth as his impressive 2019 form rolled into race day, so close to a podium, ahead of a best ever finish for Rhys Irwin as the Irishman completed the top five. Locking out that incredibly close group was Charlie Atkins, five positions back from the win in P6 but only two tenths off.
Jamie Davis took seventh ahead of Scott Swan despite some impressively brutal moves from the latter in the fight throughout, with Harvey Claridge taking P9 and that trio covered by only a couple of tenths, too.
Torin Collins completed the top ten and took the honour of top rookie by quite a time margin, ahead of a duel between Corey Tinker and Osian Jones for P11, the former coming out on top. It was a three-way fight to complete the points, too, with Jamie Lyons, William Lathrope and Harry Leigh crossing the line incredibly close together in that order.
There is more BTC action on Sunday as Race 2 gets underway at 10:30 (GMT +1).
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There are only three certainties in life: Death, taxes, and Marc Márquez winning any MotoGP race organized in the United States of America. That has been true since the Spaniard moved up to MotoGP, and for both years he spent in Moto2 as well. There is something about America which makes Márquez nigh on invincible. Is it the anticlockwise tracks? Is it the low grip and tricky surfaces found at the circuits? Or is high fructose corn syrup Márquez' equivalent of Popeye's spinach?
MotoGP went to Austin hoping this might be the year when things changed. With good reason: the racing in the series has been getting closer and closer almost on a race-by-race basis. Valentino Rossi finished just 0.6 seconds behind race winner Andrea Dovizioso at Qatar, but he crossed the line in fifth place. In Argentina, the seven riders fighting for second place were separated by 3 seconds on the penultimate lap. The Ducati Desmosedici GP19 is faster and better than ever, the Yamaha M1 has made a huge step forward since 2018, and the Suzuki has consistently been in the hunt for podiums since the middle of last year.
That is all very well and good, but the margin of Marc Márquez' victory in Termas de Rio Hondo suggested that ending Márquez' reign in the US would require something extraordinary to happen. The Repsol Honda rider had a 12 second lead going into the last lap in Argentina. The Honda RC213V had the highest top speed in both Qatar and Argentina, the bike having both more horsepower and better acceleration. Then, during qualifying, Márquez took pole – his seventh in a row at the Circuit of the Americas – with an advantage of more than a quarter of a second over Valentino Rossi. Normal service had been resumed.
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The time has come to fire up for another season of the British Talent Cup after a two-day test at Valencia, with the class of 2019 ready to go and raring to race. Silverstone is the venue for Round 1 and the BTC share the first stage of the season with the British Superbike championship, for whom the weekend is also a season opener – sure to ensure an event to remember.
It was Scott Ogden who set the pace in testing ahead of Cameron Horsman, but the gap between the two was only 0.013 and Valencia is a very different venue to the fast behemoth of Silverstone. So despite the top ten in testing all proving veterans, there’s more than time for the timesheets to get a shake-up back on UK soil. There are also practice sessions and qualifying before the lights go out, giving the rookies a little more time to adjust.
In addition, Scott Swann was the returning rider who had the best finish at Silverstone in 2018, taking fourth as the podium was locked out by riders who’ve moved on to pastures new – and it was only one race on the international layout the grid had to try and tame the circuit as Race 2 was cancelled due to track conditions. That could play into the hands of the rookies as it means their rivals have that little bit less experience, and this time around it’s the national layout.
Testing is one thing, but the long expanse of Silverstone at full racing speed is quite another. Tune in for the first British Talent Cup races of the season on the 20th and 21st April, with Race 1 underway at 14:00 on Saturday and Race 2 at 10:30 on Sunday.
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