That's a good point.
The other thing which occurs to me is that>
You pedal off with the starting lever pulled, this eases the compression making it easier to pedal and operates the starting clutch then maybe when you've reached a couple of mile an hour the centrifugal clutch should come into operation so that the rear wheel is turning over the engine and you can release the starting lever therby allowing maximum compression. Mine just goes back to freewheel.
This seems the logical method and as I remember is how some of the simple mopeds work, including my Velosolex. So I wonder if somehow the centrifugal clutch is stuck, perhaps through standing.
Any Maxi owners out there who can confirm this point?