Pro Rider Ronnie Faisst always will have powerful advice. “Remember, focus on what you have and what you’re good at, and be thankful for what you have. Don’t take anything for granted. Believe in yourself, stay dedicated, and always think positive. The power is within, it’s up to you.” Hearing these powerful words uttered from mouth of Ronnie Faisst, you get the sense that Ronnie’s business is far from finished.
As part of the Metal Mulisha, the supposed bad boys of the FMX world, you’d think that the message might be different coming from Faisst, but such is not the case. From his childhood days and his first dirtbike, an XR80 in Mays Landing, NJ, the dedication was always there. At 8 years old, he would ride until it was dark out, and snow, rain, and freezing temps couldn’t slow Ronnie down. The most important thing to him was that he was riding.
By 1992, Ronnie was racing 125s and by 1994 he was racing 125 and 250 amateur class. He started racing pro class from 1995 to 1997. Ronnie moved up and went through all of progressions to be a top Supercross racer but as hard as he tried, he just wasn’t going fast enough. In his own words, “I was getting smoked.”
It was at this point that he met Brian Deegan and started hanging out with him at all of the races. Deegan spent alot of time trying to convince Ronnie to bail on Jersey and head out to California where the moto scene was different and freestyle moto x was beginning to blow up. After missing the qualifying at the Southwick Nationals, Ronnie packed up his van and headed out west. With $200 in his pocket, a piece of crap van and his 125 he moved in with Deegan. They began filming as much as possible.
“We would go out in the hills and try to find the sick hits and bust tricks over them, little did we know that we were starting a whole new sport, Freestyle Motocross. During all of that, I met Dana from Fleshwound Films and started riding for Fleshgear.” The rest is history and according to Ronnie, there is more of his history yet to be written.
“Things are going good and I have plans to make them better. I have been in the game since day one. I watched this whole sport blow up. I’ve done it all! But I’m not done yet, I still got big plans and big goals. I’m thankful for the life I live! See you at the top!”
His accomplishments include 1999 Silver Medal at the Gravity Games in team comp, 2002 Bronze Medal at the Gravity Games in Moto Challenge, 2004 Bronze Medal at the Gravity Games in FMX, Tony Hawk’s Boom Boom Huck Jam Tour, the Crusty Demons Tour and the 2005 Metal Mulisha Tour. From the looks of it, it looks as though this list isn’t complete by any stretch of the imagination.
“Remember, focus on what you have and what you’re good at, and be thankful for what you have. Don’t take anything for granted. Believe in yourself, stay dedicated, and always think positive. The power is within, it’s up to you.”
PRO Member since “Day One”!
Pro Riders Ronnie Faisst and Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg go head-to-head in this Quarterfinal round at the 2008 LG World Championships of FMX.