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Generally I have no trouble making a boost at the start of the race, but sometimes it fails, so that you stop immediately. I wonder if it's a random penalty for using boost or it's because of the wrong timing.

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Wrong timing. To successfully boost you need to press the accelerate button just as the 2 starts to fade. Any earlier will cause the burnout

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  • For comparison it's a bit earlier than it was on Mario Kart Wii where it was around the mid of the "2" being shown.
    – Ray
    Aug 28 '14 at 11:55

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