I have been watching GPs for a long time and sure, we have had some Awesome American racers (Roberts, Spencer, Rainey) to name a few, we have had some good American racers (Schawnts, Lawson) but, unfortunately, you can't compare them to the new breed because before, they used to race wild broncos and it took a brave and good racer to ride those things.
Nicky did better on the breed of the Not so wild steeds (RC211V) and he is not doing so good on the tame steeds (800cc technorobots), but then again... so are a lot of the new punks coming out and even some of the old ones.
Say what you will, he is better than most on that field and even though he might not be so colorful to watch, we could only be so lucky to have him.
I don't see Edwards getting the low end of the stick and even though I loved Edwards in WSBK, in MotoGP he is just there collecting checks and doing awesome free practice lap times.
In the end, I would trade what little I got for a 10% chance at doing what they are doing.
Fair weather fans you lot are.
(oh yeah and Aquila is the Queen of the parade!)