For others, November is frequent flyer month. With gear bags and suspension cases in hand, the young American supercross rider looks more like a soldier of fortune than a racer. Trust me, those large black cases full of fork assemblies, shocks, and handlebars can really slow things down trying to get through airport security or a border crossing.
For Cole Siebler and Leighton Lillie, Idaho is a long way from Stuttgart. Any place in the U.S. is a long way from Germany, but for many motorcycle mercenaries, European supercross can be the paycheck needed to fund the up-coming AMA Supercross season.
Cole Siebler, Leighton Lillie, and Doug Dehaan are once again teaming up with Meyer Honda to race select events in Germany over the next few months. Klaus Meyer, owner of Meyer Honda in Allersberg, Germany has been hosting American supercross racers for several years now. 2004 was the most successful for Siebler as he won the lions share of heat races and main events en-route to the finale in the Czech Republic earning a Toyota car as the grand prize for his efforts. Leighton Lillie joined the team in 2005 after Cole injured his shoulder at the U.S. Open. "Canadian National Hero", Doug Dehaan has been a steady member of the Meyer Honda team for many years. And yes "CNH" may not be an official title but in Doug's case it should be. Possibly the nicest guy you could ever meet whichever side of the border he's on, Doug's European adventure started one week earlier in Sheffield, England. The first German supercross is scheduled for November 9-10 in Stuttgart.
The Meyer Honda team riders will all be aboard the awesome new '08 CRF450R tuned to each riders specs by the Meyer crew. Klaus Meyer provides a prepped race bike, mechanics, and all things necessary for his riders to achieve the best results possible. While in Allersberg the team stays in the top floor apartment of the Meyer home just across the street from the race shop. Sounding like a cozy B&B, "Mrs. Meyer takes real good care of us with great food, comfortable beds, and even takes care of our jet-lagged laundry and dirty gear". "She's a sweet lady, with a very nice family", says Siebler of their German hostess.
Look for Cole, Dougy D, Leighton, and all the other returning moto-soldiers as they come together to do battle stateside at Anaheim I on January 5, 2008.
Cole takes with him to Germany the support and help of Fly Racing, Carl's Cycle Sales, MDK Motorsports, MB1 Suspension, Scott USA, Sidi, Hinson, Renthal, Twin Air, Leatt Brace, and Scott Naccarato.