Mason Campton to defend Queensland Open Speedway title

TITLE DEFENCE: Mason Campton won the 2016 Queesland Speedway title.
TITLE DEFENCE: Mason Campton won the 2016 Queesland Speedway title.

Kurri Kurri's Mason Campton returns to Queensland to defend his Queensland Speedway Solo Championship at Maryborough on Saturday.

Campton, who is expected to return to his UK team the Workington Comets in 2018,  and Heddon Greta's Josh Pickering, who has re-signed with the Edinburgh Monarchs, have been seeded directly into the Queensland title field.

They are among only five seeded riders joined by Joel Coynbe, Zaine Kennedy and Jake Allen.

Pickering is in electrifying form finishing runner-up to Pelaw Main's Rohan Tungate is last weekend's NSW title at Kurri Kurri.

Pickering and Tungate swapped the lead several times in an action-packed final.

Campton had a disappointing NSW title being plagued by engine and other bike troubles, and will be looking to get his Australian season back on track with a podium finish in Queensland.