We’ve gotten details from several highly credible sources that Ducati will debut to the public two new Streetfighters in September. Replacing the Streetfighter 1098 is the 2012 Ducati Streetfighter 1198, which as the name suggests, will get a 100cc displacement increase. The catch however is that the new motor will not come from the leftover Superbike 1198 mills, and instead Ducati is using the Testastretta 11° motor (as seen in the Multistrada 1200 and Diavel) in the new Streetfighter 1198. Ducati will also unveil a smaller displacement Ducati Streetfighter 848, which as the name suggests, borrows from the Superbike motor of similar numbering.
We just got an update from Richard Hatfield at Lightning Motors about his team’s progress on the 2011 “Flying Banana” (there’s no escaping that name Richard), and without having seen all the bikes for this racing season, we would peg Lightning’s as the one to beat. When we talked to Lightning at the end of last season, the stated goal for the 2011 bike was to remove 150 lbs, and add 50hp to the machine. With the parts coming together, Hatfield informs us that the team is on-track to achieve that goal – translation: this bike is going to be wicked fast and agile…and of course, yellow.