i think hayden will take the top spot for an american rider in motogp. the bike is top notch and he has the skills. in regards to edwards, i don't think the aprilia is up to speed compared to the 211, and the suzuki's not up to par yet either.
not to put down hopkins, but how did he get the suzuki ride, when you have mladin and yates, who have won AMA Superbike and Supersport championships??? and hopkins only had a formula xtreme championship on his resume.