Isle of Man TT stalwart Bruce Anstey will miss the 2018 road racing season t after being diagnosed with cancer. The news was released on social media that the popular New Zealander Anstey, 48, has “multiple tumours in his lungs and a tumour on his spine”, as well as having a “blood clot on the lung” according to his wife Annie.
The 13-time IoM TT winner overcame testicular cancer in the Nineties. Anstey is famed for his relaxed approach to road racing; before races he would often be found in his motorhome taking a nap.
On circuit he is a fierce competitor, a trait he displayed when overcoming the disease in the past and we all hope for a similar outcome this time around.
Fans and competitors alike have taken to social media to give their support to Anstey. John McGuinness, the second most successful TT rider of all time with 23 wins and 44 podiums on the Isle of Man, went on to Twitter to say: “One of the most naturally gifted riders on the planet, you wouldn’t meet a nicer guy! Get well soon mate.”
It goes without saying that our thoughts are with Bruce and his family and we wish him a full and speedy recovery.
McGuinness himself posted on Twitter recently that he had had a “set back” with the healing process on the leg he injured at last year's North West 200 road races in Northern Ireland.
There was no confirmation as to whether he would or would not race at this year's TT, which starts on May 26 and runs until June 8.
There is also a possibility that Ian Hutchinson could also miss this year's event as he recovers from the leg injuries sustained in last year's Senior TT.
Road racing will be much the poorer without the three stalwarts in action.