4Ronnie Faisst’s journey to the top of the freestyle motocross world began in Mays Landing, New Jersey. Faisst grew up riding with a friend at the age of eight and quickly fell in love with the freedom he experienced when riding a motorcycle. Taking a gamble on making his passion a career, Faisst went pro at the age of 18, racing the 125 Outdoor Nationals and East Coast Supercross Series. His passion fueled his desire to succeed as it still does today. Two years later Faisst would make another bold move as he relocated to southern California, the mecca of the motocross community. It was here that he began building relationships with industry giants and filmmakers and began laying the groundwork for what would become one of the biggest action sports of all time, freestyle motocross. Faisst spent his days riding in the hills with other FMX OG’s like friend and mentor Brian Deegan, Carey Hart and the Godfather of freestyle motocross, Mike Metzger. Freestyle then was not the freestyle of today. There were no ramps, just sketchy dirt hits that someone had to man up and hit first. They paid their dues but that is what sets them apart from so many of the modern freestyle riders of today. Ronnie Faisst is one of the true founding fathers of the sport. 1998 would bring Faisst to Las Vegas, Nevada for the first of its kind FMX contest and land him a spot on the Vans Warped tour riding demos across the country. With momentum building, Faisst landed a few crucial sponsors as the sport went mainstream in 1999. That same year, the world was introduced to the Metal Mulisha, the first of its kind FMX team with Faisst in the mix as one of the top riders. To date the Metal Mulisha is the most medaled team of riders in the history of the sport.
Faisst was thrust into the spotlight on such notable stages as the X Games and Gravity Games when he earned a sliver medal at the 1999 Gravity Games. As the sport continued to grow, so did his popularity, not to mention his skill on a dirtbike. He would go on to win two more bronze medals at the 2002 and 2004 Gravity Games as well as a bronze medal at the 2006 Winter X Games. Summer X has become the premier stage for the biggest names in the sport and Faisst has had tremendous success over the years placing top ten in every event he’s competed in since 2000. One of his greatest accomplishments came at the 2008 X Games where after three failed attempts resulting in a fracture wrist, separated shoulder, broken foot and concussion, he was able to cleanly land a 360 as the 5th person in X Games history to do so. Landing it was monumental as the trick had escaped him the two previous years. Fast forward to 2010 and Faisst would claim the bronze medal in speed and style, edging out last years gold medal winner in his first of three heat races. On to 2011 Faisst would take home another bronze medal in speed and style and back it up for another one in 2012.
Outside of the contest role, Fiasst has played a major part in nearly every action sports tour to span the globe. Three years in Tony Hawk’s Boom Boom Huck Jam tour, multiple Vans Warped Tours, MTV’s Sports and Music Festival, the Dew Tour, Crusty Demons of Dirt World Tour and most recently the first of its kind Nuclear Cowboyz tour. In an industry that glorifies the rock star lifestyle, Faisst keeps his fame in check by remaining strong in his faith. “I stand on what the word of God says and reject the lies of the devil. God has given me a story and I’m going to tell the world how He has transformed my life, just by taking steps of faith. I’m thankful for everything He has blessed me with. I really like getting on my bike and knowing that God is behind me and protecting me.” His faith first mentality is helping to keep him strong in an often times dark and demeaning world. He seeks to live every aspect of his life to the fullest whether that’s his faith, his business or on his motorcycle.
Birth Date: June 22nd
Hometown: Mays Landing, NJ
Current Residence: Murrieta, CA
Family: Ronnie ( dad ) Michelle ( mom ) Matt ( brother ) Dawn ( sister ) Keira ( niece )
Quote: “We are told that talent creates it’s own opportunities. Yet, it sometimes seems that intense desires create not only it’s own opportunities, but it’s own talent as well.- Bruce Lee”
Hobbies: Hunting, Fishing, Martial Arts, MMA, Fitness, Family, Friends, Surfing, Cycling, Art and Playing The Drums!
First Bike: 1986 XR80
Current Bike: Honda CRF 450
Started Riding: Age 8
Turned Pro: Age 18
Music: Hip Hop
Movie: Pulp Fiction and anything with the legend Bruce Lee
First Car: 84 Nissan Pickup
Current Car: 07 S550 Benz, 2011 Toyota Tundra
Favorite TV/Film: Speed, ESPN, Fuel TV
Favorite Magazines/Publications: Racer X, Transworld Motocross, Mens Health, Maxim, GQ, Details
Sponsors: Rockstar, Metal Mulisha, MSR Racing, Osiris Shoes, The Whosoevers, RG3, Pro Circuit, ProTapper, Dunlop, UNI, GPR, Throttle Jockey Graffixs, Alpinstars