The 2022 MotoGP World Champion is due to be crowned on the first weekend in November. It will almost certainly be Pecco Bagnaia, the Italian former Moto2 champion who leads the factory Lenovo Ducati team. It might, by the slimmest of chances, be the defending champion Fabio Quartararo, though for this to happen the Yamaha rider would have to claim his fourth win of a very difficult season, and for Bagnaia to finish no better than 15th. But what does the championship actually mean – beyond of course financial bonuses, sponsorship deals and kudos? To what extent does it signify who has been the best rider of the year?