Explaining the decision to bring Kiyonari to Asia, Honda Motor Co. Ltd's Motorsports Division manager, Hiroyuki Fujiwara said:
“When the Boon Siew team sent Azlan and Emir to Suzuka last year, they opened the eyes of the entire motorsports industry that Asian riders - particularly those from Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand - are really talented and fast.
"In mulling over the options we had to strengthen this team and to take it to the next level, it had to be someone of a certain stature. Kiyonari fitted the bill perfectly.”
It is believed that Kiyonari will also race in the Suzuka 4-hour race this year and in selected World Endurance Championship rounds.