Thats an excellent performance for your first race! Most guys aren't able to make the first lap on their first go, so well done! Looking forward to your next race report!
Nice photos too by the way!
Dreaming of Dakar
Everyone has a max speed, 90% of that max speed is much safer and easier, and if that 90% speed isn't fast enough at Dakar, you enter the snowball. - neduro