Still no answer Cornbowl
Well you must know the answer to that, with seven races to go, Dani & Lorenzo had got the measure of Stoner, and imo, Stoner would not have taken the title.
Got the measure of him - after Laguna?
Iv'e always said there is as little as nothing between them in terms of ability, all are capable of winning races, therefore titles. They all 'had the measure' of each other.
So to go back to the situation before Indy, Stoner had just taken a convincing win at Laguna, so was hardly buckling under pressure as some like to claim. That meant Stoner had won 4, Lorenzo 5 and Pedrosa 1. The order in the championship was Lorenzo, Pedrosa, Stoner and one race win's worth of points covered 1st to 3rd. Including Indy there were 8 races left.
In practise he was fastest in FP1, tried a different set-up in FP2 that didn't work and in FP3 he was fastest again. He crashed very early in Quali so was hardly up against it with time running out and panicking - the early time he set was only 2/10ths off getting him 3rd on the grid. He was one of a good few riders caught out by the track surface that weekend (but everyone conveniently forgets about the others who crashed too) and on this occassion it was his turn to be unlucky and pick up a bad injury that wrecked his season.
So what there suggests that without the injury, Stoner would not have stood a chance at winning more races and the title?