Catching Up with...Cole Siebler
Photos by James Lissimore
This past weekend in Chilliwack British Columbia, round one of the Nex-Trax Arenacross series kicked off with a great track, good crowd and tons of racers. The big winner in the pro classes was Idaho’s Cole Siebler who managed to win three out of the four pro class main events. It was a bit of revenge on Cole’s part as he raced some of the Canadian nationals and, in his own words, under-performed. Siebler, one of the good guys of motocross, only graced the Canadians with his presence for this one round as he is off to Germany for that indoor series. I caught up to him the day before he was to leave to get his thoughts on his AX wins.
DMX: Cole, sounds like you were the big winner this past weekend, can you talk about the race for you?
Cole Siebler: It was my first time up there but I figured that I was going over to Germany to race similar races so why not go up to Chilliwack and see what was going on? I went up to do some training with my trainer Todd (Schumlick of PerformX) and figured I’d go and hit up the races at the same time. It was good practicing for me.
It was pretty cool really, the barn they hold it in is really big so the track was bigger than a normal arenacross. They have amateurs racing there as well so the track didn’t have anything real tough on it but I had a lot of fun. There were some good guys there like (Kyle) Beaton, (Eric) Nye and (Broc) Hoyer and we had some good races. Like I said, I had fun and would like to go back there someday.
So there were four main events and you won three of them, how was the actual racing for you?
Well, yeah I managed to come away with the wins in three out of the four. In the one 250F race, I fell and could only get third. The dash for cash was cool, it was a little more aggressive than I thought it would be and I got cleaned out in the second corner. It was fun, there was some money on the line and all that but I’m too old for that crap!
Siebler came away with a whole bunch of loonies and toonies this weekend in BC.
What’s your take on your season of doing the Canadian nationals?
Man, I was highly disappointed. I struggled a lot. I didn’t have a bike at home that matched my race bike. I was racing a Yamaha 250 and during the week practicing on a Kawasaki 450. I just don’t think I ever finished a moto without crashing, maybe one moto or two but it was a struggle. Normally I’m not much of a crasher, next year I want to do them again but I will do them a lot differently for sure and make sure I’m ready. My highlight was getting a third at Gopher Dunes but even that race, I crashed a couple of times. Next year I’ll try to work something out with Todd and hopefully come up there and win some races.
I’ve done this German SX series that you’re going to as a mechanic, but what can you tell the reader about it?
Yeah, it’ll be fun. I’m doing the whole series, there are four races over there and it’s really tight. The tracks are in a hockey arena. They don’t do it like over here where you have a horseshoe, they try to squeeze in a couple extra lanes and that makes it really tight. You’ve probably been to Stuttgart and the dirt there is like nothing else in this world. It’s so, so tacky. It’s like play-doh, it’s a lot different than over here. I’m going to race for the Honda Maier team, I’ve ridden for them for like seven years so that’s all good.
Do you know what other riders are going to be there?
Well, Jason Thomas will be there as usual, Troy Adams, Heath Voss, Teddy Maier, Jacob Marsack and Ben Evans. There will probably be some more guys there as well but it won’t be as stacked as it was last year.
What do you have planned for the 2010 supercross series?
Nothing yet, just planning on privateering it with all the other guys out there. I don’t have much going on right now so I just figured I’d show up, on my own program and ride the best I can do. I’ll be on a Honda 450, I do know that.
Cole's big competition this past weekend was Blackfoot Yamaha's Kyle Beaton (12).