Ronnie Renner likes his airtime. A veteran of the motocross circuit, he’s also a superstar of the freestyle world with the press coverage to prove it. But it’s the view from above that really gets Ronnie flying high; he continues to reset the bar and our expectations for what is possible once a dirt bike leaves the ground.
He set a world record in 2007 for step-up, launching 35 feet 6 inches to best a record that had stood for many years. In 2008, he was at it again. This time, he soared nearly six stories—59 feet 2 inches—off a quarterpipe, setting another world record.
Now in his 30s, Ronnie is looking forward to the next stage in his storied career: launching the careers of other riders with his “all MX” training facility. But don’t count the Ren Dawg out. Not content to be the “trick guy,” he’s looking to push the edges of freestyle riding with events like the X Games and the Red Bull X-Fighters. In the last two years alone Ronnie has stood atop the X Games podium five times – the most recent being the 2013 X Games in Los Angeles, where he took a gold medal in the Moto X Step Up event.
“I’m passionate about it because it’s not about the judges; it’s more about bike skills,” he says. “It’s dangerous, so nobody wants to do it, and it’s a very gratifying feeling to win it.”Read more