Starting off strong: Krunal Jadhav finishes inside the top 15 in his first Daytona 200

Privateer’s solid results show he is ready for his MotoAmerica debut


March 19, 2018

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona 200 rookie Krunal Jadhav made quite the first impression in his debut in America’s most historic road racing event on Saturday. Starting in the middle of the 62-rider field, Jadhav guided his Yamaha YZF-R6 through 57 grueling laps around Daytona International Speedway’s high banks and infield road course. Jadhav crossed the finish line in 15th-place, and was promoted to 13th after several post-race disqualifications.


Krunal Jadhav in action during Saturday’s Daytona 200.
Photo credit: BrockImaging

After qualifying 32nd, Jadhav made steady progress through the field, eventually getting locked in a battle for 15th-place with several other riders. Despite running the entire race on one set of tires, Jadhav was able to use the draft to pass three riders on the last lap to finish in the points. Jadhav’s pace and ability to successfully battle through the field will prove invaluable when he makes his MotoAmerica debut later this year.

Krunal Jadhav, rider for Krunal Jadhav Racing, said, “Today was my first time racing in the Daytona 200, and I was going for it all day. I made a great start and was able maintain my pace all race. I was hitting my braking markers all day and felt like I had a great rhythm going. On the last lap I was able to use the draft to pass the riders I had been battling with and beat them to the stripe. My team gave me great pit stops today, and my Yamaha YZF-R6 and my Dunlop tires were working well out there. I want to say a big thank you to my dad, wife, and family who have supported me a lot. I also want to thank my mechanic and my sponsors Bauce Racing, Naked 100, Woodcraft, Engine Ice, and Absolute Cycle. I finished ahead of where I was figuring I would today, and it has been a big boost to my team’s confidence. I am looking forward to taking what we had working so well today to the MotoAmerica grid later this year.”

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This press release has been prepared by Marino Communications on behalf of Krunal Jadhav Racing. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Michael Marino at 585.755.6581 or

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