Charley Boorman, Gul Panag and Sundeep Gajjar in Freedom Riders Asia (India leg) from Shell Advance and Star Sports

off road bikeMay 2013 will see a new turbo injected travel series called “Freedom Riders Asia’. This program that brings together man and machine is being sponsored by Shell Advance and will be telecast on the STAR Sports channel. Hosted by Charley Boorman, a mutifaceted man, and biker, the program will take viewers through a road trip over six countries and will be spread through six episodes.

Freedom Riders Asia will be working closely with Shell while the program itself has been developed by STAR Sports. Boorman is seen teaming up with local bikers from across Asian cultures in Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, India, Vietnam and Thailand in each of the six episodes. These road trip will showcase the sights and sounds of these countries as the bikes traverse on one single tank of petrol.

In India, Boorman will be seen riding with Gul Panag and Sundeep Gajjar (MotoGrapher Sunny), both avid bikers in the country. Besides being telecast on STAR Sports, Freedom Riders Asia will also be shown on other channels such as FOX, National geographic and FX. Sundeep Gajjar was seen on a Ducati Multistrada, and Charley sat atop a Royal Enfield Bullet 350 on their ride through Munnar. A press conference has been scheduled this evening at Kochi.  Her twitter update this morning read ‘has arrived in Kochi to join Freedom Riders Asai [sic] & @charleyboorman.’

Shell Lubricants India Managing Direction Nitin Prasad said: “Freedom Riders Asia is all about celebrating and connecting bikers around Asia, while offering an entertaining travel and adventure experience to a wider audience. Importantly, through Charley, it is also a further expression of what Shell Advancestands for – enabling bikers to enjoy every ride and experience freedom through effortless mobility on the road.”

Simeon Dawes, Senior Vice President of Fox One Stop Media said, “Freedom Riders Asia is being developed specifically for the Asian audience as Asia has a growing population of adventure and travel enthusiasts. We are confident that audiences will appreciate and enjoy the places and activities that Charley will visit and experience, especially due to the local colours and flavours showcased.” “We are delighted that Shell Advance has collaborated closely with usto produce this programme with an innovative show concept aimed at further engaging with the audiences on a deeper level.”

Charley Boorman, host of Freedom Riders Asia said, “Bikes have always been my passion, and I’ve always loved Asia and its diversity. What’s fantastic about Freedom Riders Asia is that the programme is enabling these passions to collide and I’m really looking forward to embarking on the bike trip of a lifetime”. “I’m going to be meeting great local biker groups who will teach me a thing or two about riding in their part of the world and I cannot to wait to get over to Asia to feel the sun on my face, and feeling of freedom on the back of a motorbike!”