Roads: Anstey set to miss 2018 roads season through illness

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Bruce Anstey is set to miss the 2018 road racing season as he battles illness, his partner has revealed.

The 48-year-old has ‘multiple tumours in his lungs and a tumour on his spine’ as well as a blood clot on the lung, meaning he is highly unlikely to take part in any form of racing this season as he focuses on recovery, but his long-term partner Anny Ramsey refuses to rule the Kiwi enigma out of racing in 2018 altogether.

“Unfortunately, Brucey has become ill,” Ramsey posted on her Facebook page. “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.

“I doubt very much Bruce will see any racing this year, but we won’t rule that out lol! He is waiting for a treatment plan and should be starting it very soon. I will try to keep you all updated.”

Despite his age, the ever-popular Anstey continued to add to his already impressive tally of road race wins in 2017, taking his second-successive TT Zero victory on the Isle of Man, a record-breaking win in the Lightweight class at the Classic TT and a stunning victory in the Ulster Grand Prix Superbike race aboard the Padgetts Honda RC213V-S.  

All at MCN send Bruce our best wishes for a speedy recovery.  

Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing