Illness rules Bruce Anstey out of 2018 Isle of Man TT
Bruce Anstey will miss the 2018 Isle of Man TT, as well as the rest of the road racing season, after being diagnosed with cancer. The 12-time Isle of Man TT winner is reportedly battling the disease for the second time in his life, this time with tumours being discovered in his lungs and spine.
12-time TT winner Bruce Anstey will skip racing at Isle of Man this year as he is reportedly battling cancer
Anstey was set to compete in this year's TT with Padgetts Honda, in what was to be his eighth successive year with the team. However, given the circumstances, he will no longer be able to do so. To make matters worse for the 48-year old rider, in addition to the tumours, a blood clot in his lungs has also been discovered, which is a cause for concern.
His partner, Annie Ramsey confirmed the news on Facebook, while also stating that Anstey was awaiting a treatment plan, and would begin treatment soon. She however also stated that it was impossible to rule him out of the entire road racing season, even though that is what has currently been implied by doctors.
Bruce Anstey is a former lap record holder at the Snaefell Mountain Course, having set a time of 17 minutes 6.682 seconds, at an average speed of 132.298 mph in the 2014 Superbike TT. The highlight of his career was victory at the 2015 Superbike TT.
Here's wishing Anstey a speedy recovery!