Normal to start off in 2nd gear - avoids neck sprains!
Seriously, one can start off in 1st gear without flooring the accelerator.
At a full stop place the shifter in L and start off - it will be in 1st
gear, accelerate and shift up to S and immediately back to L to hold 2nd
gear, accelerate and shift up the S for 3rd and finally D for 4th.