Bruce Anstey battling tumours on lung and spine

Bruce Anstey’s partner Anny Ramsey has stated that Anstey is quite ill with tumours in his lungs and a tumour on his spine.

Anstey won a battle against testicular cancer some years ago but this latest discovery seems much more sinister.

Even if pending treatments left him with enough strength to race TT 2018 a blood clot currently on his lung would make long distance air travel very hazardous. Thinning agents are generally used to help clear clots, but then should Anstey face an injury from an accident while such agents might remain in his blood it would obviously seriously heighten the risks from any injury.

Anny said that she very much doubts that Bruce will see any racing this year but that they have not ruled that out completely.

All race fans will be hoping that Anstey can get on top of this battle and be again seen celebrating success on the road race circuit and hopefully adding to his dozen strong tally of TT victories.

A happy Bruce Anstey celebrates his win in the RST Superbike Race
A happy Bruce Anstey celebrates his win in the RST Superbike Race at the 2015 Isle of Man TT

With John McGuinness and Ian Hutchinson also walking wounded and perhaps even in doubt for TT 2018 this is another major blow to the annual highlight of the Real Road Racing season.

Clive Padgett hugs Bruce Anstey after his record-setting win in the Dunlop Lightweight Classic TT Race. Photo Stephen Davison / Pacemaker Press Intl
Clive Padgett hugs Bruce Anstey after his record-setting win in the Dunlop Lightweight Classic TT Race. Photo Stephen Davison / Pacemaker Press Intl
Lightweight TT Results - Classic TT 2017 Bruce Anstey Honda / Padgetts Motorcycles.com 01:16:50.072 117.853 GP Silver Michael Rutter Ducati / Red Fox Grinta Racing 01:18:14.929 115.723 F2GP Silver Ian Lougher Yamaha / Laylaw Racing 01:18:17.289 115.665 GP Silver
Lightweight TT Results – Classic TT 2017
Bruce Anstey Honda / Padgetts Motorcycles.com 01:16:50.072 117.853 GP Silver
Michael Rutter Ducati / Red Fox Grinta Racing 01:18:14.929 115.723 F2GP Silver
Ian Lougher Yamaha / Laylaw Racing 01:18:17.289 115.665 GP Silver
Plenty of smiling faces, with the 2017 Zero TT noteworthy for having all participants finish and Bruce Anstey take top honours
Plenty of smiling faces, with the 2017 Zero TT noteworthy for having all participants finish and Bruce Anstey take top honours
Isle of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy RST Superbike race winner Bruce Anstey jumps Ballaugh Bridge
Isle of Man TT fuelled by Monster Energy RST Superbike race winner Bruce Anstey jumps Ballaugh Bridge
Bruce Anstey