May 1 2009.

Known for his love of fast cars and high powered motorcycles, the MP for South Thanet, Dr Stephen Ladyman, is making ready to ride a 200 horsepower racing motorcycle in aid of charity.

The 57 year old Member of Parliament, who started his two wheeled love affair on a humble 50cc machine at 16 years old, will ride an MSS Colchester Kawasaki Superbike at the Thundersprint event held in Northwich on 10 May.

Having owned, "too many bikes to remember", Ladyman has decided that the high profile event, which annually attracts over 100,000 visitors, is the ideal platform to bring attention to the CALM charity, the focus of his fund raising attempt.

"CALM seeks to help young men who are experiencing a variety of serious personal issues", commented Ladyman. "The theme of the web site at is that staying silent is not being strong".

One thing that Ladyman will not be on 10 May is silent though as he rides a highly tuned British Superbike helped by Kawasaki's official entry in the 2009 Championship, as MSS Colchester Kawasaki's Team Principle, Nick Morgan, explained.

"Kawasaki Motors UK have arranged for Stephen to borrow a standard road going ZX-10R so that he can acclimatise himself to the big Ninja. That will stand him in good stead, but he will still have be 100% focussed at the Thundersprint to make best use of all the technology that is packed onto a 200 mile an hour racing bike."

Stephen Ladyman's Just Giving charity web site address is: