If I find in myself desires which nothing in the world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world.
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 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 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 Nineteen. In 2015 Faisst would make a jump from two wheel to four wheel. He would race 3 rounds of off-road trucks in the Pro Lite class at the Lucas Oil Off Road Series. 2016 Faisst would continue in off-road racing and race another 5 rounds of the LOORS.
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 true vet to the freestyle motocross world. Now says “In 2017 I’m going back to the roots of riding moto and enjoying just being on my bike.” He enthusiastic drive to succeed has placed him on top with some of the best in action sports. Known for always working hard and setting goals Faisst will always be remember as a top competitor of his time. Off the bike he is a strong believer in the Christian faith, a lover of Jesus, and a messenger of the Gospel. Newly married to his wife Melissa he says they soon plan to begin there ministry together. Sharing there testimonies and the worthiness of Jesus to a lost and dying world. Be on the look out for there new website ronnieandmel.com COMING SOON!
2012 – X Games 18 Speed & Style – Bronze
2011 – Dew Tour Speed & Style – Silver
2011 – X Games 17 Speed & Style – Bronze
2010 – X Games 16 Speed & Style – Bronze
2006 – Winter X Games Best Trick – Bronze
2004 – Gravity Games Freestyle – Bronze
2002 – Gravity Games Moto Challenge – Bronze
1999 – Gravity Games Team Competition – Silver
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