RATTLESNAKE GULTCH . . .
Looks are deceiving - that drop off the Ledge leading into Rattlesnake Gultch is a steep face of slippery limestone. In the middle is an offcamber gouge from all the knobbys making their mark lap after lap.
You have a choice of jumping halfway down and hitting the gouge or launching further but run the risk of coming in too hot to make the flat left-handed turn without a berm to rail. On the other side of the left turn is the exact opposite - an abrupt uphill just as slippery with a carved out middle from all the races since the 60's.
Once you make it up again, there's a rough set of rollers on the right that are extremely slippery just ask Glover.
A quick flat right and you're heading back down into the steep gultch and come out looking at Carlsbad's Freeway section. The fast guys use the wall edges of the right turn to rail instead of sliding the flat inside.
Another steep, sun backed downhill and you've made it out of Rattlesnake Gultch alive. However, you have 40 minutes left to go in the moto and need to navigate that dusty, rough section each lap.
The full Rattlesnake Gultch section was not used on local amateur races but was saved special to challenge the likes of DeCoster, Mikkola, Bauer, Weil, Lackey, Wolsink, Carlqvist, Glover, Magoo, Sun, Bailey and Johnson - seen here chasing O'mara during the 1985 USGP 250 National Class.
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