Kiwi road racing legend Bruce Anstey is set to miss the entire 2018 season with his partner Annie revealing he is currently battling illness.
Now 48, Anstey – who was set to campaign the Padgetts Honda’s for an eighth successive year – is described as having ‘multiple tumours in his lungs and a tumour on his spine’ as well as a blood clot on his lung, which will almost certainly rule him out of the entire campaign as his recovery process begins. However, long term partner Annie Ramsey refuses to rule him out completely.
“Unfortunately, Brucey has become ill. He has multiple tumours in his lungs, a tumour on his spine and a blood clot on the lung just to kick him while he’s down,” she wrote on her Facebook page.
“I doubt very much Bruce will see any racing this year but we won’t rule that out! He is waiting for a treatment plan and should be starting it very soon. I will try to keep you all updated.”
Anstey had a mixed time at last year’s Isle of Man TT Races but did win the TT Zero race to make it 12 TT wins on the Mountain Course in total whilst he was back to his best at the Ulster Grand Prix where he won the feature Superbike race to claim his 13th win around the high-speed Dundrod circuit.
He then went on to win the Lightweight Classic TT in record breaking style as he became the first rider to lap the 37.73-mile Mountain Course at more than 120mph on a 250cc machine. He also finished second to Dean Harrison in the Superbike Classic TT. This is Anstey’s second battle against the disease.