I would send an email with that picture and your situation to Charlie@teamnovak.com
. He may be able to advise whether they would even cover that (it does look like crash damage). That might save you shipping over and back from California. However he also might want to check out the internals of the motor so that's why it's best to send him an email. They have a RMF (remanufactured) product policy that (even if it's your fault) you can get a RMF replacement for less than 1/2 the street cost of a new one. See www.teamnovak.com
and look at customer service warranty and non-warranty links for details, or like I said, just email Charlie. He'll be glad to advise you. Their tech support is second to none.