Here is a little back ground. Bought the '03 450 used. When you pull the hot start it just pulls back and stays, then you have to manually move it back to the off position. Two weeks ago during my first race in 6 years, I pulled the hole shot, was in 1st for one lap and then was 2nd when I fell/got taken out. Ok, it was muddy and I bumped into someone and fell. It took me 30-45 seconds to get the dang thing started. Needless to say I was in last. Had to just lay the throttle wide open to get it started. I did have the hot start pulled. The bike does flood real easy. I was told that it was jetted up because the person before me had a DR. D pipe on it. It has the stocker on it now. I unscrewed it from the carb, but I didn't pull it out because the manual is very vague on how to remove it. How do you take the hot start out of the carb and what should I do to check to see if it is working correctly. Any suggestions would be appreciated.