4 Time X Games Medalist! Rockstar Energy
Metal Mulisha FMX Team
#26 Pro Lite driver in the Lucas Oil Off Road Series
Hometown: Mays Landing, New Jersey
Ronnie Faisst is faith, ambition and innovation. His journey to the
top of the freestyle motocross world began in Mays Landing, New Jersey.
Faisst grew up riding with a boyhood 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
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
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 after
recovering from ACL surgery on his right knee, 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 a major
crash at the Ontario, Ca stop of the Nuclear Cowboyz Tour and suffer a
broken femur. Surprisingly after being off the bike for four months
Faisst showed up at X Games and would take home another bronze medal in
speed and style and back it up for another one in 2012. In 2013 Faisst
unfortunately suffered another major injury training for X Games
Germany. Just two days before he would fly out he tore is ACL in his
left knee and was forced into getting the replacement surgery. Since
then he has made a full recovery.
2014 Faisst wrapped up a solid 16 week tour with the Nuclear Cowboyz.
He then would go on to compete in Austin, TX for X Games 19. After
that Faisst would begin a new journey in his career. He began racing
off-road trucks in the Pro Lite class at the Lucas Oil Off Road Regional
Series. Be sure to look for the #26 truck at the nationals series here
in the future.
Outside of the contest role, Faisst 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 five consecutive years on the Nuclear Cowboyz Tour.
Faisst being a vet to the freestyle motocross world has no plans of
retirement. He still has some two wheel goals he wants to meet plus has
added some four wheel goals to his list as well. He enthusiastic drive
to succeed places him on top with some of the best in action sports.
Always growing and setting new goals Faisst will always be seen as a
top competitor. Off the bike and out of the truck he is a full time
martial artist. A lover of music, art, fashion, and is one of the most
humble athletes I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Be sure to look
for him hanging off the bike or flying with four wheels.
*Bio Courtesy of RonnieFaisst.com