"I'm really looking forward to A1," said Metcalfe. "It's very exciting for me, as it is the first race with the Rockstar Makita Suzuki team and on my new Suzuki RM-Z450. It's also my first season in the SX class and that adds a bit to the equation, although I'm very comfortable on the bike and whether it's a 250 or 450, I'm just into racing. I like to race and that's where I hope to show my strength. The team and sponsors have been great and we've all put a lot of effort into testing and training. It will be good to see how that all pays off. It will be a long season, but Anaheim 1 is always a good test."