David Muñoz, the boy who dazzled the world at Silverstone

It is likely, yes, that when you start reading this profile, this striking review, you will think of something like “wow, they will discover us the next Marc Márquez” when, for a year now, there has been talk that the ‘new’ Marc Márquez, when the ‘old man’ promises to give a lot of trouble, at 29 years old, is the Murcian Peter Acostathe ‘shark from Mazarrón’, brand new Moto3 world champion and, now, still in the Moto2 dry dock, but who will return next week in Austria.

I will only tell you one detail: Acosta does not mean anything new. World motorcycling gives birth, every 10 years, to a glittering star. A Valentino Rossi he followed Marc Márquez and MM93, followed by Mazarron shark. That’s why David Muñoz, the 16-year-old and 2-month-old boy from Brenes (Seville), is worthy of mention, because he is so good, so much, so much, that he has broken with that straight flush. It would be said that he was born, emerged and dazzled before his turn, before his time.

a caged tiger

What David Muñoz, runner-up in the Red Bull Rookies Cupin his appearance on the Moto3 World Championship it is not normal. And, not only because he is just over 16 years old (an age that no one on the minor grid has anymore), but because he has done it with enormous daring, with a determination worthy of admiration and because, at no time, has he been scared . “I’m late to be this year’s Pedro Acosta, but hopefully! next year it could be”, comments the one from Brenes.

Jose Enrique Boe, owner of the BOÉ Motorsports team, had Muñoz caged for the first seven grand prix, as he was not yet 16 years old to be able to race. The tiger lived in a cage. He started in Italy, dazzled the world in Barcelona, ​​where he was already second in his second World Cup date, was ninth in Germany, fought for the podium, again, in Assen and, last Sunday, was, without a doubt, the star of Sunday , although many seemed not to know.

In the midst of an impressive pack, full of 29 other riders who outrageously surpass him in age and world championship experience, Muñoz amazed everyone, or almost, starting from 19th position on the grid and despite suffering a ‘long lap penalty’ (drawing a curve longer than usual), on the seventh lap, I was already eighth. ‘Davidillo’ He started fourth on the last lap. When he went down (“I must have made some mistake, for sure, but I am proud of the race I did, the best, without a doubt, of my life”) he was about to win, yes, yes, or, at the very least, get his second podium finish in five races! Muñoz rolled on the ground, two laps from the end, when he was guaranteed his second ‘drawer’ or, who knows, his first victory.

After the race, a ‘stewart’ from Silverstone took him, on his motocross Honda, to his team’s box. Muñoz did not want to enter. No one was waiting for him outside. And he sat down, desperate, broken, shattered, on the ladder of the truck. And he bitterly wept his bad luck. And he did it for more than 10 minutes. Only. Until I arrived and told him, before his astonished look, that he had been a brave, determined and powerful pilot. “Let you know”, I told him (forgive my boldness), “the 29 riders on the grid found out today that, soon, you are going to beat them”.

“I’m late to be this year’s Pedro Acosta, but hopefully next year, I can be”

David Muñoz / Moto3 BOÉ Motorsport driver

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That’s when we entered the box and everyone, everyone, from Boé to the wonderful Joseph Louis Cardoso, a flashy ex-pilot, his discoverer and manager for seven years, applauded him furiously and congratulated him. There was a lake of tears on the carpet of the ‘boxe’. “You did what you had to do: try until the last lap. These falls will be the ones that will take you, soon, to the top”, shouted Cardoso, whose brother, Alexcares for and pampers his ‘thoroughbred’.

No one doubts that straight flush anymore: Rossi, Marquez, Acosta y Muñoz. No one. What happens is that this young man, with the face of a silent child but with tons of courage in his blood, has been ahead of his time. When he finished second in Montmeló, I asked him what he had done: “I have done what José Luis has asked me: do what you know, run, run and run until the end, until the podium. Simply, I have done what they have asked me”.

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