I'm actually kinda relieved to see that I'm not the only one who kinda struggles to get 1st place. I don't know what it is, but I always get wrecked with missiles/bombs at the beginning of a race. I was under the assumption that I just kinda sucked at the game. But after reading these stories, I don't think I suck anymore because I do know how to play the game well. I'm guessing most of us just get unlucky at the beginning of a race.