DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — For the Krunal Jadhav Racing team, it was a Sunday morning at Daytona International Speedway to forget. The team went from the high of their performance in the Daytona 200 on Saturday, March 17, to the low of discovering one of their Yamaha YZF-R6’s forks was leaking the next morning before the Championship Cup Series/American Sportbike Racing Association sprint races got underway.
The team was forced to skip practice and scrambled to get the fork repaired. Fortunately, they were able to install a new fork seal in time to get rider Krunal Jadhav out on track for his first race of the day.
Unfortunately the newly-fixed suspension had a different feeling to it. Jadhav has forced to take a seventh-place in the Expert Grand Prix Middleweight class race while using the race like a practice session. Jadhav’s races were back-to-back, so he went right back out on-track for the Expert Superbike Middleweight race. With laps under his belt on the repaired suspension, Jadhav was able to push much harder and took home a third-place finish.
The team will have one more weekend of CCS/ASRA racing at Carolina Motorsports Park April 14-15 before they make their MotoAmerica debut at VIRginia International Raceway May 4-6.
Krunal Jadhav, rider for Krunal Jadhav Racing, said, “Sunday was a bit of a nightmare compared to the high we were riding from Saturday’s Daytona 200. We came back to the track Sunday morning to discover one of our motorcycle’s fork was leaking. Our proven ability to come back and move up the field in the Daytona 200 helped us keep our composure, and we were able to get the fork repaired in time for our races. In the first race, I wasn’t sure what to expect out of the repaired front suspension and did not have the confidence in it to really push hard at first. We had to settle for a seventh-place in what was basically a practice session for us. I went right back out for the second race with much better feeling in the front of the bike and was able to ride the bike much harder. We were able to salvage a podium and end the weekend on a high note. I want to thank my crew for the incredible effort they put in this weekend. We are looking forward to our next outing at CMP in April before we make our MotoAmerica debut at VIR in May.”
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